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'''Birdman Bats''' is a privately owned sporting goods manufacturing [[company]] located in Redwood City, California. They specialize in manufacturingmanufacture [[birch]] and [[maple]] baseball bats. As of {{mlby|2020}}, it is one of thirty-five [[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]].
 
Birdman Bats was founded on June 1,in [[2016]] by four individuals. The founders are [[brothers]] Gary and Mark Malec, former [[college]] [[teammate]] Cody Silveria, and former [[professional baseball]] player Lars Anderson. Gary and Mark moved to [[San Francisco, California]] in the early [[2010s]] and started their company in the garage of a [[warehouse]]. Ryan Kalish, a former teammate of Anderson’s with the [[Boston Red Sox]], is also one of the other co-owners of the company.
 
==Background and History==
Gary and Mark Malec grew up playing baseball in [[Wildwood Crest, New Jersey]] and would later move to San Francisco, California. Gary would move there in [[2010]] and Mark would follow in [[2013]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.sfgate.com/news/media/Birdman-bats-hit-the-majors-1405786.php|title=Birdman bats hit the majors - SFGate|website=www.sfgate.com}}</ref> In May [[2011]], they started their [[boutique]]a baseball bat company in their [[backyard]] and opened a warehouse in the industrial section of [[South San Francisco, California]]. They turned the garage of the warehouse into a [[workshop]] and would makemade bats for themselves using [[power tools]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/5780025438001/|title=Birdman Bats is hitting home run with baseball players: Hillary Vaughn|website=Fox Business}}</ref> Gary Malec isproduced the [[Chieffirst Executivebat Officer]]on ofhis thishand-wired [[Bay Arealathe]] [[startupin company]],2011 blendingfor his passionsbrother ofMark, baseballwho andat [[mathematics]]the intotime awas playing [[businesscollege baseball]]. MarkMonths Malecearlier, isMark andrew a [[artistcartoonish]] whohalf-man, received ahalf-bird [[scholarshipsketch (drawing)|sketch]] toin attendan [[Savannahart]] Collegeclass. ofGary Artwould andrecover DesignMark’s [[notebook]] and isfind alsothe a[[doodle]], formerwhich professionalhe baseballwould player.make Codyinto Silveriaa issticker theand Directorput ofonto Operationsthe andfirst alsoBirdman onebat. ofThat [[drawing]] sparked the co-founders.company Gary[[name]], andBirdman SilveriaBats. Mark played baseball atfor [[CityGloucester CollegeCounty of San FranciscoCollege]] Roadrunners in 2011-the [[2012National Junior College Athletic Association]]. TheDivision BirdmanIII BatsWorld manufacturingSeries in [[crewTyler, Texas]]. areHe referredsaid tothat it aswas the Birdmen.most [[Sam Batfun]] openedhe theever doorhad forplaying Birdmanbaseball.<ref>{{Cite Batsweb|url=https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/sports/three-local-players-help-gloucester-county-win-junior-college-world-series-in-texas/article_d8441419-078e-5878-ae77-07e12ec8ee6f.html|title=Three whenlocal itplayers enteredhelp theGloucester batCounty manufacturingwin industryjunior andcollege competedWorld withSeries [[Hillerichin &Texas|first=GUY GARGAN, For The|last=Press|website=Press of Atlantic City}}</ref> Bradsby]].
 
The [[Tulsa Drillers]], the AA-affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, began using Birdman bats in {{by|2016}}. On November 15, {{mlby|2016}}, Gary Malec and Birdman Bats received a [[cease and desist]] letter from the office of the [[Commissioner of Baseball]] [[Rob Manfred]] just shortly after they were first used. Malec saved the letter in an [[email]] because they were starting to get recognition. Birdman Bats was [[certified]] by the Major League Baseball Commission as an official bat on January 19, {{mlby|2018}}. In order to get certified, Birdman Bats went through the following process. They paid the legal licensing [[fee]] to the office of the Commissioner and then they obtained a hefty blanket insurance policy. First, two test bats are sent to the PFS TECO [[Corporation]] [[Testing]] [[Laboratory]] in [[Cottage Grove, Wisconsin]]. Those bats are sent to a one twelve-hour day test course, where they show you how to perform what is known as the slope-of-grain test. These are the [[ink]] dots you see on all major league bats. This test ensures that the [[safety]] of the [[wood]] is [[good]]. To meet sanctioning [[requirements]], bat manufacturers must be recommended by a [[Major League Baseball#Teams|Major League team]]. [[Gabe Kapler]], who was the [[manager (baseball)|manager]] of the [[Philadelphia Phillies]] at the time, helped Birdman Bats become an official MLB bat. Birdman Bats are now one of thirty-five bat manufacturing companies officially licensed by MLB. Malec submitted Birdman Bats to the [[World Baseball Softball Confederation]] and received approval in 2016. This allows 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 are also licensed in the [[Chinese Professional Baseball League]], the [[Confederation of European Baseball]], and the [[Australian Baseball League]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/peninsula-baseball-bat-maker-gets-a-shot-in-the-show/168137/|title=Peninsula Baseball Bat Maker Gets a Shot in ‘The Show’}}</ref> The first Birdman bat used in a [[Spring training]] game was by {{wsy|2015}} [[List of World Series champions|World Series Champion]] [[Terrance Gore]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/jenkins/article/Birdman-Bats-MLB-players-feel-the-love-for-Bay-13499092.php|title=Birdman's wooden bats, crafted by Bay Area team, have major-league appeal|date=December 31, 2018|website=SFChronicle.com}}</ref>
Gary Malec produced the first bat on his hand-wired [[lathe]] in 2011 for his brother Mark, who at the time was playing [[college baseball]] and struggling at the plate. Months earlier, Mark drew a [[cartoonish]] half-man, half-bird [[sketch (drawing)|sketch]] in an [[art]] class. Gary would recover Mark’s [[notebook]] and find the [[doodle]], which he would make into a sticker and put onto 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]]. Mark helped the [[Gloucester County College]] Roadrunners win the [[National Junior College Athletic Association]] Division III World Series in [[Tyler, Texas]] by [[Run (baseball)|scoring]] the winning run, completing a 4-0 sweep. He said that it was the most [[fun]] he ever had playing baseball.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/sports/three-local-players-help-gloucester-county-win-junior-college-world-series-in-texas/article_d8441419-078e-5878-ae77-07e12ec8ee6f.html|title=Three local players help Gloucester County win junior college World Series in Texas|first=GUY GARGAN, For The|last=Press|website=Press of Atlantic City}}</ref>
 
[[File:Hunter Pence Birdman Coffee Bat.jpg|right|thumb|250px|[[Hunter Pence]] swingingusing his customized coffee themeda Birdman bat at [[AT&T Park]] (now known as [[Oracle Park]]) in [[2018 San Francisco Giants season|2018]]]][[File:Dodgers Yasiel Puig Birdman Bat Lick.jpg|right|thumb|250px|[[Yasiel Puig]] licking hisa Birdman bat during his tenure with the [[2018 Los Angeles Dodgers season|Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018]]]]
 
The [[Tulsa Drillers]], the AA-affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, began using Birdman bats in {{by|2016}}. On November 15, {{mlby|2016}}, Gary Malec and Birdman Bats received a [[cease and desist]] letter from the office of the [[Commissioner of Baseball]] [[Rob Manfred]] just shortly after they were first used. Malec saved the letter in an [[email]] because they were starting to get recognition. Birdman Bats was [[certified]] by the Major League Baseball Commission as an official bat on January 19, {{mlby|2018}}. In order to get certified, Birdman Bats went through the following process. They paid the legal licensing [[fee]] to the office of the Commissioner and then they obtained a hefty blanket insurance policy. First, two test bats are sent to the PFS TECO [[Corporation]] [[Testing]] [[Laboratory]] in [[Cottage Grove, Wisconsin]]. Those bats are sent to a one twelve-hour day test course, where they show you how to perform what is known as the slope-of-grain test. These are the [[ink]] dots you see on all major league bats. This test ensures that the [[safety]] of the [[wood]] is [[good]]. To meet sanctioning [[requirements]], bat manufacturers must be recommended by a [[Major League Baseball#Teams|Major League team]]. [[Gabe Kapler]], who was the [[manager (baseball)|manager]] of the [[Philadelphia Phillies]] at the time, helped Birdman Bats become an official MLB bat. Birdman Bats are now one of thirty-five bat manufacturing companies officially licensed by MLB. Malec submitted Birdman Bats to the [[World Baseball Softball Confederation]] and received approval in 2016. This allows 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 are also licensed in the [[Chinese Professional Baseball League]], the [[Confederation of European Baseball]], and the [[Australian Baseball League]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/peninsula-baseball-bat-maker-gets-a-shot-in-the-show/168137/|title=Peninsula Baseball Bat Maker Gets a Shot in ‘The Show’}}</ref> The first Birdman bat used in a [[Spring training]] game was by {{wsy|2015}} [[List of World Series champions|World Series Champion]] [[Terrance Gore]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/jenkins/article/Birdman-Bats-MLB-players-feel-the-love-for-Bay-13499092.php|title=Birdman's wooden bats, crafted by Bay Area team, have major-league appeal|date=December 31, 2018|website=SFChronicle.com}}</ref>
 
[[File:Hunter Pence Birdman Coffee Bat.jpg|right|thumb|250px|[[Hunter Pence]] swinging his customized coffee themed Birdman bat at [[AT&T Park]] (now known as [[Oracle Park]]) in [[2018 San Francisco Giants season|2018]]]][[File:Dodgers Yasiel Puig Birdman Bat Lick.jpg|right|thumb|250px|[[Yasiel Puig]] licking his Birdman bat during his tenure with the [[2018 Los Angeles Dodgers season|Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018]]]]
Since officially becoming a company on June 1, 2016, Birdman bats are used by prominent MLB players like Hunter Pence, Yasiel Puig, and [[Chad Pinder]].
 
==Manufacturing and Production==
Gary Malec used to [[carve]] bats by hand, which would take upwards of an hour. Malec bought a makeshift lathe off [[Craigslist]] in 2010.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://whyy.org/articles/south-jersey-natives-swinging-for-the-fences-with-boutique-baseball-bat-company/|title=South Jersey natives swinging for the fences with boutique bat company}}</ref> This was until heHe launched a [[Kickstarter]] campaign in 2010, and successfully [[funded]] it. In 2016, Birdman Bats became a registered [[limited liability company]] in order to get the kickstarter campaign up and running. GaryThe Malec’s team takes a responsible approach to using every piece of wood delivered to his shop. Heavy chunks of wood are created for kids and light pieces are made for coaches. For bat manufacturing, if a piece is too heavy, it becomes a trophy bat and if it is too light, it becomes a fungo. Theycompany's [[donatesawdust]] largeis amounts of [[sawdust]]donated to [[animal shelters]] because it is good for [[animal bedding]] and makes good [[soil]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://sjmagazine.net/sports/swinging-for-the-fences|title=SJ Magazine: Swinging For the Fences|date=September 22, 2016|website=SJ Magazine}}</ref>
 
==See also==