Here’s a little bit of inside baseball.
Nick Swisher swings a 31-ounce bat. He’d never used anything else in a major league game until his last at-bat this afternoon. Swisher had been out front all game, and in an split-second decision, he thought a 34-ounce bat might slow him down just enough.
He hit his first home run of the season.
Swisher has a 34-ounce bat for the offseason, batting practice and the on-deck circle. He gets used to that weight, then feels stronger when he uses a lighter bat in the game.
“When you get that lighter bat, you get that feeling of dominance,” he said. “It feels like a toothpick.”
He was swinging the 34 ounce bat on deck in the eighth inning and decided to take it with him to the plate for the first time. He doesn’t expect it to be a permanent change, but it’s an in-game adjustment he might make again at some point.