Blog: June 2014

June 1, 2014. Carlos Martinez got a chance to swing a bat today; he used a black LS... Tony Cruz switched from his regular Nnwyg Marucci to one with a Gwynn finish.

June 4, 2014. Taveras switched to a black Chandler bat tonight.

June 5, 2014. You may have noticed that Craig's Rawlings bats look different this season. It's obvious even from a distance that the painted band around the upper handle -- a Rawlings feature since the late '60s -- has disappeared. I didn't realize until recently that Rawlings has made several other changes. For example, the center brand is larger and is now a holographic decal. The knob -- which used to have model and batch numbers stamped, and the player's last name and the bat's weight written in ink -- Now has the player's last name laser etched across the center with the manufacture date above and the batch number below. The model number has moved to the barrel, where it's followed by the bat's length, weight and wood type. "Big Stick" is gone, and "Pro" is now "Professional."

June 7, 2014. Ellis was swinging a brown (almost Hornsby-finished) Marucci bat. It was essentially the same color at the Chandler bat used this year by Wong.

June 15, 2014. Father's Day again brought out the powder blue wristbands and temporary ribbons on the jerseys, but blue bats still are not allowed... Garcia was swinging a Nnwyg-finished Louisville Slugger.

June 16, 2014. Nick Greenwood made his MLB debut wearing #62. He swung an ash Louisville Slugger with a flame finish... Martinez used a black Tucci bat, possibly one of Shelby Miller's models... Maness made his first plate appearance swinging a natural Marucci and wearing Michael Wacha's batting helmet.

June 21, 2014. Holliday used a black Louisville Slugger.

June 24, 2014. Greenwood switched to a natural Marucci bat.

June 25, 2014. Marco Gonzalez made his MLB debut wearing #56. He swung a Gwynn-finished Chandler bat.

June 28, 2014. Matt Adams introduced his fifth Nnwyg-finished brand into the rotation -- a Max Bat... Greenwood has switched to a black Louisville Slugger, his third type of bat in less than two weeks.

June 29, 2014. After two callups where he didn't pitch, the third time was a charm for Jorge Rondon. He finally made his MLB debut wearing #68. He's the third Redbird to make his big league debut in June.