Ahh, baseball. That sport with a long history of malfeasance and cheating, often with the usage of technology. And while this new baseball bat isn’t exactly cheating, it does take away from a aspect of the game, admittedly a painful one.
Everyone who has ever batted with an aluminum bat (a.k.a. everyone who has played baseball at a non-professional level) has hit the ball with the wrong part of the bat, causing a fierce vibration resulting in pain shooting into the arms. As much a part of the game as taking a pitch to the shoulder!
Well, acoustics engineer Daniel Russell of Pennsylvania State University apparently thought the game would be more enjoyable without sporadic bursts of searing pain, and he went to help Marucci Sports create a baseball bat that wouldn’t cause the painful vibration.
Marucci Sports had already inserted a damper inside the bat, but it wasn’t working. Hitting the bat outside its “sweet spot” caused 450 to 700 vibrations per second. Which hurts. Like hell.
Russell discovered that the solution to this age-old problem was relatively simple: the damper was simply set to the wrong frequency. So Marucci Sports, using Russell’s findings, created a bat with a Kevlar-based grip and potentially changed the future of college and little league baseball.