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Birdman Bats

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IndustryBaseball, Manufacturing, Sports equipment, Sporting goods
Founded 📆June 1, 2016; 8 years ago (2016-06-01)
Founder 👔Gary Malec, Mark Malec, Cody Silveria, Lars Anderson
Headquarters 🏙️Redwood City, California
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Gary Malec, Mark Malec, Cody Silveria, Lars Anderson, Ryan Kalish
Products 📟 
OwnerGary Malec, Mark Malec, Lars Anderson, Ryan Kalish
Number of employees
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Birdman Bats is a privately owned American sporting goods manufacturing company located in Redwood City. California.

Birdman Bats is one of 35 licensed baseball bat suppliers for Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) players. It is also a bat supplier for baseball leagues throughout the world, including Australia, China, Japan, and Korea.

In addition, it also makes baseballs, bottle openers, hats, hoodies, keychains, raglans, snapback hats, stickers, t-shirts, softball bats, and whiskey glasses.

Background and history[edit]

Brothers Gary and Mark Malec grew up playing baseball in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey and later moved to San Francisco, California; Gary moved there in 2010 and Mark followed in 2013. In May 2011, they started their boutique baseball bat company in their backyard and opened a warehouse in South San Francisco, California. They turned the garage of the warehouse into a workshop and made bats for themselves using power tools.[1]

Gary Malec produced the first bat on his hand-wired lathe in 2011 for Mark, who was playing college baseball and struggling at the plate. Months earlier, Mark drew a cartoonish half-man, half-bird sketch in an art class. Gary found the doodle, made it into a sticker and put on the first Birdman bat. That drawing sparked the company name, Birdman Bats. The logo is meant to serve as a reminder to play baseball like a kid for the love of the game.[2]

Gary Malec met Lars Anderson two years before meeting his Boston Red Sox teammate Ryan Kalish.[3] Kalish invested in the company in 2018. Anderson was minor league teammates with Manny Ramirez and Birdman Bats landed Ramirez as their first MLB client after introduction by Anderson.[4] Birdman Bats and Malec traveled with Ramirez when he played in Japan.[5]

Birdman Bats was approved by the World Baseball Softball Confederation in 2016 which allowed the bats to be used in the European Baseball Championship, the Olympic Games, the World Baseball Classic, and professional leagues in Japan and Korea. In addition, Birdman Bats is also licensed in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, the Confederation of European Baseball, and the Australian Baseball League.[6] The first Birdman bat was used in a Spring training game by 2015 World Series Champion Terrance Gore.[7]

Shortly thereafter, Birdman Bats were used by prominent MLB players including Hunter Pence, Yasiel Puig, Kris Bryant, Todd Frazier and Alex Blandino.[8]

Yasiel Puig was the first to use a Birdman bat in a Major League regular season game, as well as postseason in 2018. His five home runs in a 24-hour span tied a Major League Record record for the most home runs in two consecutive games.[9] The first Birdman bat used in a Major League postseason game was also by Puig on October 4 at Dodger Stadium in Game 1 of the 2018 National League Division Series, where the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-0. The first Birdman bat used in a World Series game was by Puig on October 24 at Fenway Park in Game 2 of the 2018 World Series, where in the fourth inning Puig singled off of David Price to drive in Manny Machado with the go-ahead run.[7]

Manufacturing and production[edit]

Gary Malec originally carved bats by hand, which take upwards of an hour. He then bought a makeshift lathe off Craigslist in 2010.[10] This was until he launched and secured funding through a Kickstarter campaign in 2016. The funds were used to purchase a computer operated lathe that makes bats, a laser engraver, and a healthy stack of wood.[11]

MLB players who use Birdman Bats[edit]

Current players

Former MLB players

See also[edit]

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  2. "Birdman Bats is hitting home run with baseball players: Hillary Vaughn". Fox Business. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  3. Anderson, Lars E. "Lars Anderson: I have retired from baseball. Now what do I do?". The Athletic. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  4. "Hoornstra: For two former major leaguers, retiring at age 30 beckoned in different ways". Orange County Register. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
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  6. "Peninsula Baseball Bat Maker Gets a Shot in 'The Show'". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jenkins, Bruce (2018-12-31). "Birdman's wooden bats, crafted by Bay Area team, have major-league appeal". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
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  9. "Birdman Bats Take Flight In San Francisco". 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  10. "South Jersey natives swinging for the fences with boutique bat company". WHYY. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  11. "Birdman Bats". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2021-05-03.

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