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Re: cutting bats open
When bat testing started, it was done after a long homerun or a pitcher being hit. I contend that they go back to that strategy after initial testing. Yes it would be cumbersome however especially after a pitcher is drilled, it is imperative to know that the bat still passes legal standards. Whether you take it the next step, and cut it open if it fails a second test or not would be yet a further deterrent to consider. Walking into the box with the intention of peeling middle out of retaliation or simply just trying to assure a single versus an HRK would at least be in the back of the minds of the shaver.