Baseball Brands We Love: Meridian Baseball Co.
Here at Buckler, we love baseball. No, that’s not true -- we’re actually completely nuts about baseball. And we’re extremely lucky, because we continue to run into outstanding people and organizations all over the country that are doing some really great things in and around the game.
Here's a great example of that: A few weeks back, at the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention in Anaheim, we had the pleasure of meeting Marcus Zahn, the founder and owner of Meridian Baseball Co., which makes beautiful split-maple wood bats. Take our word for it: These things are absolutely stunning.
It quickly became obvious to us that Meridian takes great wood as seriously as we do great leather. Marcus recognizes that the bats he crafts will only be as strong as the material used to create them, so it’s his highest priority to source lumber from the heartiest forests around the world, always using split maple to ensure the straightest, strongest grains around.
Using great materials is vital, but it’s Marcus’s passion for bat-making that's most impressive. Meridian employs state-of-the-art technology that ensures consistency you just can’t achieve with hand-turning. These guys don't use run-based production methods, which -- for those of us who aren't bat experts -- simply means that their process integrates a heavy dose of human expertise. Every piece of wood is different and demands unique attention, and Marcus is the guy making sure each one gets the level of care it needs to become a great bat.
We’d love to tell you about all of the finishing touches that go into these gorgeous bats, but honestly, we just can’t do that part of the process justice. So, instead, here's a gallery (below) so that you can simply enjoy the beauty. (In baseball, sometimes it's better to let the bats do the talking.)