Artist Series Baseball Bat Collaboration (2023)


Rich Kunz of Diligent Visual meets with Don Erickson of Caliburn Bat Company to discuss their collaborative project. Don makes custom wood baseball bats and Rich creates one of a kind paintings on each bat. We would love to hear from you in the comments. What would you like to see next out of this project?

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Welcome everybody to the studio today, I'm joined by don erickson of caliburn bat company and we're going to be talking about a project we just collaborated on where don makes wood baseball bats and I paint on wood baseball bats thanks for being here don thanks for having me rich, I appreciate it.

The studios new studio you got it's awesome, looks great and uh.

Yeah we've been really excited with the last six months and some of the collaborations that we've been working on.

So thanks for having me out here, okay, don you and I have known each other for a long time.

We coached baseball together for years, um you're quite a bit older than I am but yeah yeah uh.

So I was actually a student when you began your career but we'll we'll get into that in another video.

When we talk about our life story uh, but you approached me a few months ago with the idea of taking what you do and that is making custom wood baseball bats.

These are maple bats.

Correct, yes- and you have been your business- is growing you're doing a lot of cool stuff, but you were looking for a collaboration, something a little more custom, art series, artist, series bats and we kind of talked about the idea of actually painting on a wood baseball bat.

So we began that process.

We did a joker baseball bat because that's kind of more my forte and then we moved into spider-man and we did it hulk, and recently we talked about maybe moving it back into more of a baseball related thing, since obviously the product is a baseball bat, so um we did this newest one that I haven't really seen since it's been finished.

So this is me seeing it for the first time as well.

Why don't you tell us a little bit about that uh that project that we moved into yeah first few collaborations have been unbelievable and like specifically like the hulk bands, the color involved and the detail, and things like that.

Really incredible stuff- and you know your fans, my fans, really enjoyed seeing those pictures in those videos but, like I said, want to do something different and um.

You know us both being from chicagoland area.

I wanted to pick a baseball player that uh, you know, had some chicago ties, so he is the uh the pride of greenville south carolina, but he played for the white sox, that's shoeless, joe jackson, so there's a little bit of the bat right there, so um a little bit just about the bat itself uh.

This is a bm model which is a big barreled, end loaded, bat, it's a bm, 33 inch, bat and it's got an antique whitewashed finish on the barrel and the handle is black and rich.

Did this incredible painting here hand painted this shoeless, joe jackson, uh, bat and shoelace joe actually played for uh three teams in his career um? He played for the philadelphia a's played for the cleveland naps and then ended up famously with the chicago white sox part of the black sox scandal.


Interestingly enough, you know he was kicked out of baseball, for you know, taking money uh and throwing the 1919 world series, but he actually hit 375 in the series and uh had 12 hits in the series more than any other one player on both the reds or the the white sox um.

So he's an incredible player.

Um, like I said great chicago ties, he's a lifetime.

356 hitter, which is third all-time only ty cobb and the great rogers hornsby have better batting averages.

So should he be in the hall of fame or not, I would say yes, I mean babe ruth said that he was the greatest hitter he'd ever seen and he actually patterned his swing after she lifts joe um.

So I'd love to see him in the hall of fame, but if nothing else, he did make it onto a caliber and bat.

I think it's interesting that you uh you were giving us a little bit of background about shoeless joe, but I was curious as to uh.

Do you know the story of why they call him shoes, joe yeah, actually when he was a youngster playing in a like a semi-pro league for his mill where he worked on south carolina, he bought a new pair of spikes and they were giving him blisters.

So in the middle of the game, he actually took the spikes off uh had to bat an inning.

Later I had bases were loaded and he hit a basis clearing triple and as he got third base.

Uh fans from the other side were heckling, him yelling out shoeless joe shoeless joe, and it ended up sticking yeah.

Absolutely let me check it out.

I want to take a look.

I haven't actually gotten to the to to hold the bat once it's been finished, so a little bit about the uh, the process that we have been collaborating on.

You actually start by making the bat and priming it getting it to a point where it's ready to be painted on and then I'm just using acrylic paints to uh to create the artwork on there, and then I give it back to you, which is why I'm holding it now for the first time since I painted it, and you put the finish on there, the top coat all the you know, really perfect the the process and make it a finished product.

But I think these really really are pretty awesome and uh.

I think anyone would uh any collector would love to have this as part of their display.

You can't hit with these.

If I'm not mistaken right you, if you, if you wanted to yeah, I mean some people will hang those and it won't uh touch a ball, but they are ready to go.

Those are game use bats.

What do you think you would like to see with this artist series of bats with caliburn yeah? I'm really excited with this first one.

It was awesome.

I mean I wanna, I wanna purchase it myself and keep it at uh at home, but um.

No, I I think, uh moving forward.

I I really love to see.

We do um, we just started uh a new color line and one of them is just a real bright.

It's called uh hawkeye, uh gold and it's like a bright yellow.

It's almost like a pittsburgh pirate yellow, so I'd love to see a yellow and black bat with the famous roberto clemente, maybe the number 21 on there somewhere.

I know that he's a fan favorite of a lot of people, so I'd love to see something like that.

You know, as we continue with the baseball series, awesome how about you? What would you like to do? Uh? Well, so I'm really my background is in movies, I'm a big fan of movies and popular culture.

So um, you know, I think, maybe just the painting- that's behind us over here uh from the warriors uh I'd like to see maybe baseball fury on a on a back, since that kind of you know ties in with the whole bat theme you guys have heard what our plans are moving forward into the future.

We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas that you would like to see on a custom: wood, baseball bat.

You all know where you can find me at diligent, visual on social media and at

So hopefully I hear from you and don.

Where could fans find you? You can go to our website at and you can find us on all social media platforms at caliburn bats.

All right! Well, thanks for being here thanks for having me thanks for watching like there's like a little button that they put on their laptop or something and then they say, click it and then you can never even miss a video.

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What is the trampoline effect? ›

223. or vibrate, then a baseball dropped onto the strings bounces a lot higher than when it is dropped from the same height directly onto the floor. This effect is known as the trampoline effect. It is important in baseball and softball, and it is also important in golf and tennis.

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Why are there no metal bats in MLB? ›

Both the major and minor leagues have banned the metal bat because of the skill level of their participants. Thanks to the “trampoline effect,” a metal bat will have a slight give when connecting with the ball, transferring more energy.

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What bat is Bryce Harper using? ›

2021 Bryce Harper Pro Label Wood Bat | Maple Wood Bat | Rawlings.

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Jumping on a trampoline is a low-impact cardio exercise that absorbs 80% of the shock. It takes the pressure off your knees and removes the strain and stress of a hard surface workout.

Does jumping on a trampoline tone your body? ›

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What causes most trampoline injuries? ›

Causes of Trampoline Injuries

More than three-quarters of trampoline injuries occur when two or more children are jumping at the same time and collide. Other common causes of trampoline injuries include: Falling on the trampoline mat, frame, or springs. Attempting somersaults, flips, and other risky stunts that go ...

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Bamboo is very strong and durable, but is not approved for MLB use and requires a BBCOR certification mark for organized play. Birch - Birch bats are a good option for someone who wants the aspects of both maple and ash bats.

What is an illegal bat in MLB? ›

Generally, any tampering that changes the original specifications of the baseball bat will cause the bat to be illegal for any baseball league. Illegal tampering includes adjusting the bat's weight, length, or surface area. Certain levels of the game also have bat specifications that must be adhered to.

Can a MLB pitcher bat? ›

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What is the heaviest bat allowed in MLB? ›

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Do MLB umpires pay for travel? ›

In addition to their base salary, MLB umpires also receive benefits such as health insurance, pension plans, and per diem expenses for travel.

What bat did Derek Jeter use? ›

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What bat did Griffey use? ›

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What bat does Mike Trout swing? ›

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What bat does Fernando Tatis Jr use? ›

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What bat does Chris Gayle use? ›

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What bat did Barry Bonds use? ›

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Should you rebound with or without shoes? ›

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NOTE: If the umpire discovers that the bat does not conform to (c) above until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out, or ejected from the game. (d) No colored bat may be used in a professional game unless approved by the Rules Committee.

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Marucci CAT 5 BBCOR

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CCatcherOnly catchers
CICorner InfieldAny first or third baseman
MIMiddle InfieldAny second baseman or shortstop
IFInfieldAny infielder (1B, 2B, 3B, SS)
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Do umpires get paid for extra innings? ›

Researchers find that during extra innings, baseball umpires make calls in a way that tends to end games sooner. This seems to be because umpires aren't given additional money to work extra innings.

Who is the highest paid MLB umpire? ›

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Cupping out the end removes some of the weight, making the bat more balanced, which in turn, makes it easier to control and easier to swing.

Why did MLB stop using metal bats? ›

Both the major and minor leagues have banned the metal bat because of the skill level of their participants. Thanks to the “trampoline effect,” a metal bat will have a slight give when connecting with the ball, transferring more energy.

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Edd Roush. Hall of Famer Edd Roush holds the distinction as the player who used the heaviest bat in MLB history. Roush, who debuted with the Chicago White Sox in 1913, used a 48-ounce behemoth.

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Was Babe Ruth's bat heavy? ›

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Has anyone ever used a 42 inch bat? ›

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