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Sunday, October 23, 2022

Baseball History Is No Longer Written With Ash Bats

Invasive insects and batter preferences have led to the elimination of the wood that dominated the sport for generations. There may not be a single ash bat used in this postseason.

Hank Gillette Posted: October 23, 2022 at 12:20 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. NattyBoh Posted: October 25, 2022 at 03:56 PM (#6102552)
Insecticides can be used against the emerald ash borer, but the best hope is to use the surviving ash trees that are resistant to it. A few years ago I read that once the emerald ash borers killed all the non-resistant trees that they'd repopulate the forests in Michigan with the resistant seedlings. Too bad I won't live long enough to see this or elms or chestnuts.
   2. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 25, 2022 at 09:16 PM (#6102632)
My old boss (now a semi-retired, farmer and land steward in Central WI) has a lot of forested land, and he told me last week he's clearing all of his Ash, some gorgeous large trees. He says he has no choice. He adores his black ash trees for its beautiful grain. I'm certain he'll clear, mill and use it/sell it.
   3. Cris E Posted: October 26, 2022 at 12:04 AM (#6102650)
I have a lovely American elm in my front yard that's Dutch Elm resistant and pretty good sized in only 15 years. I think we'll see some nice disease-resistant ash coming along soon to replace the ones we've lost.
   4. SandyRiver Posted: October 27, 2022 at 09:39 AM (#6102780)
#1 - Those insecticides must be applied tree by tree, thru injection, bark spray or soil drench to be absorbed into roots. Several of the chemicals can only be applied the injection and all must be applied by a licensed applicator. These treatments can be valuable (but expensive to apply) for specimen trees in parks or along streets but are totally impractical for use in a forest setting. Blue ash, a western species, has shown significant resistance to EAB and there may be resistance/tolerance for a minority of white ash, the baseball bat species. Green ash and black (brown) ash appear to have no resistance nor tolerance. The former is the ash most commonly planted in urban settings and the latter is a very important cultural and economic resource for indigenous peoples in the northeastern US and eastern Canada.
   5. Moeball Posted: October 27, 2022 at 11:39 AM (#6102797)
Back around 2001-2002 the media was making a big deal about Barry Bonds using a maple bat instead of ash as he was just about the only hitter doing this. Fast forward a decade and almost 70% of hitters were using maple. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but I thought the only reason for his success was the steroids, right? Why was everyone switching to Barry's bat? Nowadays Barry is long gone but it's hard to find an ash bat anywhere.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 27, 2022 at 11:49 AM (#6102803)
Back around 2001-2002 the media was making a big deal about Barry Bonds using a maple bat instead of ash as he was just about the only hitter doing this. Fast forward a decade and almost 70% of hitters were using maple. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but I thought the only reason for his success was the steroids, right? Why was everyone switching to Barry's bat? Nowadays Barry is long gone but it's hard to find an ash bat anywhere.

FTR Bonds began using a maple bat in 1997, two years before he started using steroids.
   7. Cris E Posted: October 27, 2022 at 03:15 PM (#6102851)
So the Clear was actually just sap?
   8. Haibara Posted: November 24, 2022 at 09:21 PM (#6106714)
Although pesticides adversely affect human health, in this case it is really necessary to get rid of these harmful insects. fnf

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