SHIRLEY, Maine — The snapshots on Paul Lancisi’s cellphone are a sworn statement to his love of baseball and his continuing connection to the sport. Newly signed Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper, 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox infielder Yoan Moncada, and growing potentialities Pete Alonzo and Jeff McNeil — last week’s establishing-day starters before everything base and 1/3 base for the New York Mets — all are on display. So, too, are former Heisman Trophy winner and modern minor leaguer Tim Tebow and country track superstar Garth Brooks, who’s been recognized to work out with important-league teams at some point of spring schooling, such as this year with the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the time, all have been swinging Dove Tail Bats, crafted with the aid of the namesake corporation owned by Lancisi and his spouse Theresa next to their custom cabinetry store alongside Route 15 south of Greenville. Dove Tail Bats has grown from modest beginnings in 2010 to one in all about 35 bat producers certified by Major League Baseball. The 58-year-antique Lancisi, a Massachusetts native who tried out for the Boston Red Sox in 1982, coached his son’s team at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft in the mid-2000s.
He advocated players to swing timber bats in practice because the smaller candy spot of a wood bat’s barrel required more attention to batting detail than the aluminum bats used for the duration of games to generate hitting strength. “My son [Nick] desired to play at a higher degree, so we have been going to big-box stores and buying bats, and they have been just shattering,” Lancisi said. “I brought a few backs to the store and did a few moisture testing and found out it was antique, degraded wood. “So I became some bats down for him and my youngsters at Foxcroft out of a few maple table-leg inventories, and I nonetheless have those bats today. They didn’t spoil.” When Lancisi eventually found out that about 5, four hundred bats had been damaged throughout Major League Baseball games in 2007 and 2008, it gave him an idea.
“I found out making bats may be a beneficial business and additionally may want to select up the slack inside the offseason of my cupboard organization due to the fact we’re seasonal up here,” he said. Dove Tail Bats grew to supply 3,500 bats in 2014, its first year with MLB certification. Yasiel Puig, then with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was the primary principal leaguer to apply one of the fashions. By 2015, Lancisi employed an income consultant with connections to the Kansas City Royals, leading Dove Tail Bats to a aggressive leap forward. Royal’s first baseman Eric Hosmer commenced the usage of the bats, and his teammates soon followed — and Kansas City went on to win the World Series. “Eight of the nine starters for the Royals in the World Series had been swinging our bats,” Lancisi stated. “Seventy percentage in their runs got here off Dove Tail Bats.” That exposure brought about even extra publicity for the corporation, as Dove Tail Bats’ manufacturing doubled from 7,000 in 2015 to 14,000 in 2016 and 28,000 in 2017. The last 12 months produced similar production numbers, and Lancisi expects more than 30,000 bats to be offered this year in markets that include America, Latin America, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan. “And that’s simplest due to time and potential, we have a banner yr,” he said. “If we doubled once more, we ought to produce 60,000 and buy some other kiln. That would possibly take place. However, you then want manpower.
The organization’s enterprise model focuses on developing relationships with minor league players underneath what Lancisi calls the “trickle-up impact.” “When you go from 6,400 minor leaguers down to the 1,280 players within the majors, they get weaned out quite quick. However, we are hoping those select few that make it bring us with them and characteristic some of that achievement to the product they’re using,” he said. Lancisi expects about seventy-five important leaguers to swing Dove Tail Bats this season. “Once you get some players, now you begin to get that trickle back off to the younger degrees,” he stated. Lancisi prefers Maine wooden because the Northeast’s slower growth cycle makes for a denser bat than the ones made from the faster-developing wood of hotter locales. “Where we’re placed, we have the assets available, and that was one among my motives for staying up right here,” he stated. Logs arrive through the tractor-trailer load at the mill for Lancisi and his eleven production personnel — DTB additionally has seven salespeople — to transform into bats. First, the logs are cut up and cut down into squared lengths before being kiln-dried for 14 days. Then they are rounded into billets and located onto lathes to be custom-formed into bats before being sanded down and painted.