Dove Tail Bats, a Shirley Mills-based baseball bat manufacture, has been pumping out bats since 2007. But this past month, the local gem made an impact on the world like it never has before.
Well, the World Series, that is.
As the Kansas City Royals picked up their second World Series in franchise history Nov. 1, they did so while swinging bats produced in Maine.
“Seventy percent of the runs scored by the Royals was with a Dove Tail Bat,” Paul Lancisi, owner and CEO of Dove Tail Bats, said. World Series MVP Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas were among those swinging the bats en route to a title.
The select Royals players aren’t Lancisi’s only big league clients. He has had multiple major names reach out to him since Kansas City took home the crown, including potential National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper and the Gold Glove-winning Manny Machado.
“Whenever you buy a product or want something, it’s because it looks good. And by far, I think we’ve got the best looking bats in baseball,” Lancisi said. “Second of all, is when they try it, they feel the difference in the smooth finish and ultimately the reaction from the ball to the bat.”
Each bat is hand-crafted, and can be completed in as few as 15 minutes. Lancisi said Hosmer reached out to him following the conclusion of the American League Championship Series to acquire new bats in time for the start of the World Series.
“[He] asked for bats to be delivered to Kansas City by Tuesday for the game against the Mets because their pitching was so fast,” Lancisi said. “We worked on Sunday, made bats for him, shipped them on Monday, he received them Tuesday.”
Currently, Lancisi acquires most of his wood from New York and Pennsylvania. However, he is in the process of bringing all operations locally, which would in turn benefit the Shirley Mills community.
“Not only are we using local labor, but we’re using local wood and we’re supporting local loggers and local trucking. Everything should be here,” he said.
Dove Tail Bats estimates it will produce up to 14,000 bats for the 2016 season, many of which will be used in Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball. This is a fifty percent increase from 2015.