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Q&A about maple bats

Updated: August 18, 2008, 2:01 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

In search of more information about maple bats, we spoke to players and two experts in the industry -- Chuck Schapp of Louisville Slugger and Sam Holman, owner of The Original Maple Bat Corporation -- for their opinions on the ash vs. maple debate.

1. When were maple bats introduced to Major League Baseball?It's tough to know the exact date, but Holman says Joe Carter first used a maple bat in a major league game in 1997. Holman, a carpenter from Ottawa, Canada, first met Blue Jays scout ...

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