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What started off as a hobby has transformed a Minnesota-based company into one of the more well-known bat makers in all of baseball.
The company is MaxBat, and it was formed in the early 2000s when Jim Anderson started making bats in his basement after his son, Max, was born in 2001. Anderson lost his job as a sales rep later that year and had what he calls a "crazy idea" to start making baseball bats. Anderson partnered with Paul Johnson and his father, Dick Johnson, who had a background in woodturning.
Soon, MaxBat was born.
Today, a decade later, some of baseball's star players as well as its up-and-coming prospects are swinging MaxBat. The company is based in tiny Brooten, Minn., a town of less than 1,000 people, located about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities. MaxBat has just 10 employees, but they churn out around 30,000 bats a year.
Those bats are finding their way into clubhouses all across Major League Baseball including the Minnesota Twins. Third ba...
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The move was made Thursday. To take Swarzak's place, right-hander Luis Perdomo's contract will be selected from Triple-A Rochester. To make room for Perdomo on the 40-man roster, right-hander Carl Pavano will be transferred to the 60-day disabled...
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Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons...