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MLB moves bat production company from United States to China

MLB moves bat production company from United States to China

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daswisco

This is dumb. The company in question is Miken. They apparently are partially owned by the MLB. They do make bats but not for the MLB… also players are allowed to pick whatever bat they want as long as they’re compliant Edit: autocorrect mishap


SergeantHAMM

please upvote this. the replies in this thread are embarrassing. lol


MaxWannequin

As is tradition to only read the headlines before making snide comments.


SergeantHAMM

lol true I forgot where I was


YoureInMyLight

Not really a problem if you’re getting your news from say, reuters. But I guess you gotta get that clickbait money!


Pryoticus

It’s still piss poor PR for the all-murrican sport.


J-Team07

This. Players could make their own bat it they wanted. As long as it is within specs it is legal. I played for years as a kid and as an adult in a wood bat league, I have never heard of this company.


daswisco

I think Miken is only Softball. They’re great softball bats


J-Team07

That would make sense why I never heard of them.


Sagybagy

Were great softball bats. As all things outsourced like this, quality will go down hill.


daswisco

Yeah Roy Hobs made his own from a tree brought down by lightning


Klemmenz

Hah, I didn't know that reference in that Simpsons episode: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer_at_the_Bat


saltoftree

It's best if it's made from a branch of a tree that was struck by lightning. That'll make you a star player, at least until Roger Clemens comes to town.


m20052003

You need to name it too. Something wonderful I suppose.


rbcd

Small town mad about Rawlings closing up Miken's factory so they use the boogeyman threat of China to get people mad at MLB in a hope that maybe MLB can do something to make Rawlings keep the factory open. Anyone who knows anything about baseball knows that players choose their own bats, gloves and cleats and usually have some sort of endorsement to do so. The things MLB controls like hats, helmets, jerseys and baseballs have to be made in America anyway.


Sgimpys

Have a wholesome award. It doesn’t relate but it’s a free award and if it helps your comment stay at the top it’s all worth it


UNCCShannon

Came for the cliffnotes on what appeared to be clickbait. Confirmed my notion, thank you.


rkeller9

Yeah there’s a small bat making company of the highway in PA that does tours. They have a few ball players that use their bats. Can’t remember the name for the life of me. It it’s a quick hour break from driving to check it out.


CiredFish

There’s a small bat making company in Kentucky that does tours too. Louisville something or other. Can’t remember the name exactly.


rbcd

Marucci? BWP? I don't think either are really small though.


brannak1

Yeah they aren’t necessarily small. I used an Andrew mccutchen version when I played wood bat league a few years back


rkeller9

I think it was bwp. I don’t really know size as far as bat company’s go but it was pretty neat.


brannak1

If people knew not one mlb player is using a miken bat in the mlb…


Phenomenon101

Players slowed to pick? Sorry but is that sports jargon? Not sure what that means


daswisco

Oops that’s supposed to read ‘are allowed’. Fat thumbs.


Phenomenon101

Ah ok cool.


BigPapaPage716

Yea but how am I supossed to be outraged now???


thorpeedo22

Super correct! Just a sensational headline. Is this the only bat company they have? It was so awesome visiting Louisville slugger museum and seeing the actual machine used to make so many customized bats for so many different players.


danimal6000

America’s pastime is outsourcing


IDrinkSaladDressing

They say nothing's more American than grabbing a hotdog, heading to the ballpark and watching nine guys from the Dominican Republic make magic on the field. -Will Ferrell


585AM

Unless you lived particularly close, I would imagine that the hot dog would be quite cold by the time you got to the ballpark.


FlexDrillerson

This is hilarious. What interview/show/movie is this from?


Mtl2the6

Ferrel Takes the Field


Bobbyanalogpdx

It was a mocumentary type movie, called “Ferrel Takes the Field. He plays all 9 positions for an inning with different teams. They did it during spring training in Arizona and used real players.


Sagybagy

Yeah they helicoptered him to some locations didn’t they?


Bobbyanalogpdx

Yeah, that’s how he got to the Angels game. I can’t remember if they did that for any of the other games though.


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MrMatlock

Adam ruins everything is hack bullshit most of the time, and even when they do tell facts, they tell them in ways that are as good as lying. All while having zero real understanding about the subjects they’re covering.


PM_ME_STEAM_KEY_PLZ

He was the worst guest on any podcast I’ve ever seen. His appearance on joe rogan was downright embarrassing. He was on the losing point of everything and just kept digging and digging. Check out a compilation, it’s worth it to watch him die inside. He’s a straight up shill and liar.


Wait__Whut

Some of that may be your own personal views coming in to play.


PM_ME_STEAM_KEY_PLZ

Anything Adam elaborates on should be considered a sack of lies and bullshitZ


reb0014

This sentence works in so many ways!


falubiii

At least two!


SkittleShit

it is now


bearjew64

As if Chinese bats haven’t done enough, now we have to watch the Orioles use them to strike out? Smh.


M_J_E

The old Wuhan Slugger.


tmd429

Zing!


fistofthefuture

Hahahaha


VectorCorrector

Goddamn that was funny


SoundsGoodThanks

*Slow clap*


sonbarington

Just salting the wound I see. Why not just finger the bullet hole while you’re at it?


dlec1

Finger the Butthole, fixed it for you


augustscott

Did they have hiccups?


dlec1

Does that work? Good tip I usually just eat a scoop of peanut butter


augustscott

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/psj7v2/what_are_some_not_so_fun_facts/hdqgwnn


Jarteast

*Mark Reynolds enters the chat


bigjamg

I doubt any pro uses MLB brand bats. This is more for some little leaguer or backyard wood bat you buy at Walmart.


SergeantHAMM

don’t tell this thread that.


pdhot65ton

so you are saying that the amount of bats to be produced in China is much more than people thought before they realized that they weren't just talking about ones the players used, but bats with the MLB logo sold at every major retailer.


WildWestCollectibles

If these redditors could read they’d be really upset at you


bentheruler

This is so misleading and stupid. The MLB doesn’t make the player’s bats. They can use whatever bats they want - Louisville sluggers, mizuno, Marcy I, victus, Rawlings and the players usually select and pay for their own bats.


brianary_at_work

There's a company called Marucci, right down the road from me, that makes bats. This is just some strange news story to drum up drama. And this thread is a perfect example that it worked.


DonJuan_805

This title is misleading and the article is shit. “In addition to baseball helmets, the Caledonia plant makes composite bats used by youth baseball, girls softball and adult slow pitch players. The operations and jobs employed in the making of the bats will be moved to a facility in China, and the helmet operation will be shifted to a facility in Washington, Mo.” [Source ](https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.twincities.com/2021/07/25/minnesota-facility-that-makes-mlb-helmets-softball-bats-to-close/amp/)


JJ4prez

Losing viewership and revenue, what's the logical take, outsource things to china? Lol. It's definitely not remove the BS monopoly cable companies have on the sport, definitely not that.


xxFrenchToastxx

Maybe players aren't worth $30mil a year?


masterspader

Maybe if you cheat to win a World Series there should be more than a slap on the wrist? MLB is a joke anymore.


GOATmar_infante

Yes, in relation to owner’s net worth, they’re worth much more


Reading_Rainboner

Shouldn’t you be judging it based on revenue and not the net worth of the owner?


iamthewalrus8515

No that would require thought.


GoingBeyondPlusUltra

Now we're just talking income inequality across the board and the realization that all workers should be paid much more across the board based on CEO/President/Owner net worth and yearly compensation.


GOATmar_infante

Yes.


ryanmuller1089

I love how they are so worried about viewership but blackout local games. But instead they change the rules to speed it up and throw more commercials in to offset any time saved. Idiots


geek66

But they eat bats in China.


tanimomoro

Fight climate change, build local, buy local!


DumbDan

*Literally* the only thing that will save us.


J1J9U9R1

Why wood we outsource this?!?


onestopmedic

They figured it was the most poplar choice to grain back a few bucks.


tobiaswestwinter

What a bunch of ash holes


Armed_Psycho

I guess they’re hoping China can spruce up the bats?


pm_me_yo_creditscore

This makes me pine for a time when America was still number 1.


tobiaswestwinter

Maple we should tariff then? Elm I right?


SaintSugary

It was an illuuuusion. /Gob


roxannebruns

Knot enough profit


Razorbackalpha

That's some bullshit


C00Pc00per

I think it’s bat shit crazy


DjRemux

Last thing we need from China is more bats


Cait206

lmao


WhoaItsCody

Ah yes, America’s pastime indeed.


grummanpikot99

This is batshit move


MurderTron_9000

There's a joke here that's too bad for me to make.


TheOldSheriff

Here for it


Duahsha

Go for it


Farcoughcant69

Baysborr?


Boommax1

These bats from china are way to bat ?


bossyaussie

Wooweeville Swuggah?


senioreditorSD

The Shenzhen Slugger


Craig29501

Awesome! Another reason to not watch baseball


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beavedaniels

Its r/sports?


edwardthefirst

ohhh f me. I just came from r/baseball. *downvotes self*


beavedaniels

😂


Shadez_Actual

👎👎👎👎


Victor_Korchnoi

Booooo


shewantsbags

because global supply chain is so strong right now.


tgejesse

Well that’s not very American of you MLB


JJuicyJuiceMan

America’s pass time huh


MarkedHondaMan

Wuhan sports lab. We supply all of your bat needs from American sports to the decline of America.


kyleharveybooks

America's Pastiiiimm... maybe not.


SergioSilva1983

Donald Trump don’t like this lol


Rupert-n-Harry

Get the fuc* out of here.


Quagdarr

Because of course they did :)


pushathieb

Perfect timing! Baseball is a joke


GeorgeStamper

The ol’ American pastime, amirite?


FactoryV4

As American as egg rolls.


mypasswordisfoobar

China knows something about bats though


justforyoumang

~~Terrible, what they don't have the money to buy bats, cheap bastards. Billions of dollars and they can't afford to keep it here, fuck the MLB. Get ready for the 2022 bat shortage, 2022 player complaints about bats feeling off, or 2022 exploding bat injuries. Pick one or all, I personally think at least all 3.~~ That article is shit, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/minnesota-town-outsourcing-mlb-gear/ Apparently it's only mlb used product is batting helmets. That article is pure clicks bait, read the one I got here.


Na-Kreygasm-2-Burger

What the fuck we just signed a defence deal against China with the uk and Aus and now you’re giving them money? Brain dead


chillinwithmypizza

Americas favorite pastime: Made in China


S-Markt

"the money they save will be used to lower the ticket prices, right!" - "the money they save will be used to LOWER THE TICKET PRICES, RIGHT???"


stupidcrap420

Mlb are scum


Tenbones1

a lot of shit is outsourced to china, I remember being as naive and single minded as you


user_41

You do realize that the only people that save money in these situations are the execs and owners when costs are cut. Everything costs the same for the consumer and the executives get bonuses. Get a grip dude.


Tenbones1

And yet we continue to let it happen and buy products and services from these same people. Who really needs to get a grip? You fucking brainlets are all the same. Continue crying about it on Reddit from your fucking iphone.


stupidcrap420

This dude didnt just lick the boot he ate the whole damn thing


Donde_La_Carne

Where do you think your iPhone or any phone for that matter is made amigo?


MrDoomsday13

Putting Americans out of work for an inferior product


--Shake--

What could possibly go wrong...


zivlynsbane

Hurray for cheap labour!


satyagraha92

Thought this was an onion post at first. I chuckled til I saw it was serious. MLB. Just sell yourselves to China. No one here cares anymore, y’all fucked the leagues up so bad.


Ok_Detective101

Another reason to tell the MLB to fuck off.


SabTab22

AND THAT’S HOW YOU GET COVID!!!


Gunningham

We’ll be ok if we don’t eat them.


Wermhat69420

Ew


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No bueno


Jeevess83

Is this that growing Chinese influence I've been reading about???


JALKHRL

When Walmart realized that selling stuff made in china is bad for their brand and now they are showing more products made in USA, the MLB moves bat production to China. Brilliant. **/S**


rmscomm

And the scam continues. The quest for greater profits is all-consuming. In context, the assumption is China is, in “essence,” the upcoming insurgency. Yet, the U.S. Willingly funds their mechanisms. It's the equivalent of knowing your house guest may kill you but you not only extend their stay, but you also give them 50 dollars every week to go bulk up at the gym.


Redsoxmac

Looks like I have no qualms about pirating free games online at this point


OrangAMA

God forbid you have to pay someone minimum wage


comhaltacht

That's just downright un-American. Although I'm kinda surprised it hadn't already been done.


IDADUDE

Really?? MLB can’t fork the extra money to keep this iconic equipment made in The USA?? Pay some over paid athletes and owners a little less. Keep these jobs and tradition in the states. Cheapskates and penny pinchers for what?!!


kekskerl

Isn't that how Corona started?


notyouboo22

Fuck MLB


nuffsaid17

This is the only way MLB can make baseball interesting to China.


NYG_5

Good job MLB show me again how woke you are


Dontforgettheballz

Booo!!


TonguePressedAtTeeth

That’s lame


Steinhaut

I cant wait for games being postponed/canceled because of supply issue. Have they not learned anything from this Pandemic/ Suez canal and Brexit?


brannak1

Do you know anything about wood baseball bats?


ImamChapo

This can be solved with one tweet


caring_impaired

Eh, I’m pretty sure MLB doesn’t makes all the bats.


populum-liberum

Bat shortage


NBKFactor

Yeah shits cheaper in China….


crownvics

/r/avoidchineseproducts


26202620

Brief article. What happened to reporting?


sikjoven

Imagine that having your manufacturing in a company across the globe, where you then need to load the product onto a ship, and ship it across the ocean, then onto trucks, and ship it around the country. And THAT is cheaper than manufacturing in the US. Fuckin bonkers.