I13 Turn Model - Average Handle Thickness, Medium Taper and Thick + Long Barrel
Approximate -3 Length-To-Weight Ratio
Slightly End Loaded Swing Weight
Crafted From Pro Quality Ash Wood
Cupped Barrel End
Not Considered A 'Blem' Bat As The Wood Quality On The Bat Is High. The Bat Simply Did Not Match A Certain Criteria Of The Professional Player For Whom The Bat Was Being Crafted.
Rawlings Pro I13 Ash Wood Baseball Bat: PMAI13
It is time to get your power swing tuned in with the Rawlings Pro I13 Ash Wood Baseball Bat!
When you're a company like Rawlings, it's impossible to be satisfied with anything less than the best. That's why they carefully inspect each and every bat that comes off their production line, ensuring that each bat meets the standards set forth by Rawlings. If a bat doesn't meet those standards? It gets pulled from production and sold at a discounted price!
This Rawlings Wood Bat is constructed from ash wood which offers tremendous durability (similar to maple) and an improved feel. It will also carry an I13 Turn Model which is an ideal choice for power hitters who are comfortable with more end mass in the barrel. This profile is based on the versatile 271 turn model but it has a more extreme taper, giving the bat an end-loaded feel that sluggers love. Cosmetic imperfections such as a misplaced logo or lettering might be present but, these bats are still constructed from professional-level ash wood and are structurally sound resulting in a great training or practice bat!
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About the Brand
Rawlings is a major manufacturer of competitive team sports equipment and apparel for baseball, basketball, and football, as well as licensed MLB, NFL, and NCAA retail products. Rawlings is a major supplier to professional, collegiate, interscholastic, and amateur organizations worldwide, including the Official Baseball Supplier to Major League Baseball.
The first real innovation in glove making occurred in 1912 when Rawlings Sporting Goods Company introduced the "Sure Catch" glove, which was "endorsed by leading players all over the country." The Sure Catch was a one-piece glove with sewn-in finger channels and looked better suited for a duck's foot than a man's hand. Catchers' mitts used at the time were large and bulky with a single leather thong passing for a web.
In 1920, Bill Doak, a journeyman pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, approached Rawlings with an idea for improving the baseball glove from a mere protective device to a genuine aid in fielding. The "Bill Doak" model was so revolutionary that it stayed in Rawlings' line until 1953. Its key feature was a multi-thong web laced into the first finger and thumb, which created for the first time in baseball's young life, a natural pocket.
In 1925, Rawlings unveiled a three-fingered fielder's glove, and ten years later improved the Bill Doak model with a two-piece leather web. At the same time, the "T" web became a rage for first basemen's mitts. The pocket underwent a pronounced change in 1941 when the Trapper Mitt, also known as the Claw, appeared. The "Deep Well" pocket was so unique that Rawlings quickly patented it. The design was improved in 1950 by adding a leather piece across the top. Another significant creation occurred in 1948 with the three-fingered Playmaker. A five-fingered fielder's model, with all fingers laced together, provided greater pocket control.
The six-fingered Trap-Eze evolved in the 1960's. In more recent years, Rawlings produced the Fastback design, which gives a glove a snugger fit, greater extension, and overall control. The Holdster is a slot through which a finger can be extended for additional protection from impacts on the pocket. Then, there is the Edge-U-Cated Heel with its extended U-shaped lacing and the Pro H Web and much-copied Basket Web.
Some of Rawlings's more recent glove innovations also include the unique Spin-Stopper design which reduces ball spin when the ball hits the glove, and the Cantilever glove design feature that provides a cushioned area between the hand and the glove's palm area. In all, Rawlings has produced and patented more functionally innovative glove features and designs than that of any other glove manufacturer. The result is that the modern baseball glove is much larger, more comfortable, better padded, and made to last far longer than its ancestors. It is not uncommon to see today's Major League players wearing the same Rawlings glove they wore during their college playing days. In fact, Rawlings is the #1 glove in the major leagues. Rawlings maintains about 65 models of baseball and softball mitts and gloves in its line. The prototypes of virtually all of them have been field-tested by professionals before entering a sporting goods dealer's inventory.
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