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Postby Y`s Guy » Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:01 am

On behalf of all dummies I ask this simple question...

If cork does not help further a ball's flight, then why does Sosa need to use a corked bat to "put on a show" for his fans? Obviously he knows something.

Also, one of his teammates, probably in some sort of defense for Slammin' Sammy, said that everybody has corked bats.

Cork and super balls do something.
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Postby timkell » Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:56 am

Y's Guy, I don't know if you've noticed, but a lot of people have a lot of strongly held misconceptions ans superstititions.

Statistically, baseball players are way more superstitious than the rest of us. Just because they believe something to be true does not make it so.

Maybe the corked bat gives Sammy confidence. It's like a placebo. That's still a very positive effect to have.

Regardless, I'll believe a physicist about what cork can do to a bat long before I believe Sammy Sosa.
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Postby The Jury » Thu Jun 05, 2003 3:15 pm

It's easier to hit a ball the same distance with a corked bat than a full wood bat because the cork replaces the wood and is much lighter and easier to swing with. Sammy could hit more homers with a corked bat, but not hit them any farther than usual.
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