Local Baseball Bats Used by the Pros

Chandler Bats are used by roughly 20 percent of major league baseball players. The Norristown-based company is just three years old.

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David Chandler started manufacturing baseball bats 3 years ago. Today, Chandler Bats are now used by approximately 20 percent of major league players, like Raul Ibanez of the Mariners.
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Matt Roland (left) and Zach Jancarski of Chestnut Hill Academy use Chandler Bats.
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Michael Young #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies uses a Chandler Bat to hit a single against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning on April 7, 2013 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Royals won 9-8. (Photo by Miles Kennedy/Philadelphia Phillies/Getty Images)
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With a Chandler Bat, Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) watches as his hit clear the field for a home run Saturday April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC at Nationals Park. The Nats beat the Reds 6-3. Chandler had more orders after Bryce's success this week.
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Raul Ibanez swings with a Chandler Bat and hits an RBI single in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 12, 2012 in New York, New York.
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Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals uses a Chandler Bat against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on April 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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ALDS Playoffs: New York Yankees' Raul Ibanez in action, hitting home run to tie game in 9th inning vs Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Game 3. October 12, 2012
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Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals bats against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on April 28, 2013 in Washington, DC with a Chandler Bat.
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Michael Young #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a Chandler Bat in a MLB baseball game on April 22, 2013 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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One of Raul Ibanez's Chandler Bats.
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Chandler Bats is a subsidiary of Rx Sport of Norristown. The facility is 40,000 square feet.
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Rx Sport expects to sell 20,000 baseball bats in 2013.
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That wood is first measured precisely.
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Then, cut via a lathe.
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The wooden bat form is stored by size.
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Bat maker Kevin Hollidge shapes each bat by hand and with the use of a sanding machine.
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Sanding by hand.
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The bats are then painted and hung to dry.
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The final finishes are put on the bat before they are inscribed.
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