Trying to Get to Center of `Batgate' Physics Problem: Cork Cuts Weight and Mass

By The, Hal Bock | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), July 31, 1994 | Go to article overview

Trying to Get to Center of `Batgate' Physics Problem: Cork Cuts Weight and Mass


The, Hal Bock, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


There is a double-edged mystery about the strange saga of Cleveland's Albert Belle and the corked bat.

First, there is the matter of identifying the undersized second story man who went through a tiny crawlspace filled with air conditioning ducts and insulation at Comiskey Park to get into the umpires' dressing room and temporarily lift the evidence. Cleveland, remember, is the same franchise once owned by the man who sent 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel to the plate.

Then, there is the question of exactly what Belle thought he was going to accomplish if he indeed was corking his bat. The Indians slugger, who doesn't say much in the best of times and even less at moments like this, is not telling. It is interesting to note, however, that Belle had 26 home runs before his bat was confiscated and six in the next eight games without it.

The folks at Louisville Slugger have done extensive testing on the effects of plugging the middle of bats with stuff other than wood. "What it does," said Chuck Schupp, manager of professional baseball promotions for the company, "is reduce weight which produces quicker bat speed. But it also reduces mass so the bat doesn't drive the ball as far."

This Albert, remember, is Belle. The Albert who did all that work with energy and mass was Einstein.

And if it's a lighter bat Belle wanted, he needed only change from his standard model B343, a 35-inch, 33-ounce Louisville Slugger, to something lighter. The up side to that solution is that it would be legal and avoid a suspension.

"It's unfortunate," Schupp said. "First, it's something he doesn't need and second, now people wonder how long he'd been doing it and it casts a shadow on his accomplishments."

Professor Robert Adair, who teaches physics at Yale University and has done his own tinkering with bats, said there are other legal options that would not have gotten Belle in hot water with American League president Bobby Brown.

"He could choke up three-quarters of an inch," Adair said. "He could saw three-eighths of an inch off the end. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Trying to Get to Center of `Batgate' Physics Problem: Cork Cuts Weight and Mass
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.