Anyone know how bats get certified for Major League usage? I've read snippets here and there. Apparently B. Bonds has one guy do his maple bats, and this guy is swamped. But it is one guy.
California has a woody plant, Arctostaphylos, that would be great for baseball bats. It won't fracture on impact with a baseball, if treated. However, if you cut down a growing Arctostaphylos, it will split and crack if you do not immediately give it (an obscure) treatment.