Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts single-handedly beat the Baltimore Orioles last night with an epic three-home run, five-RBI performance.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 1, 2016
It capped off an excellent month of May for the 23-year-old Betts, who now boasts a .927 OPS to go along with 40 RBIs. Although Betts is a natural hitter, he's also had the added benefit of swinging a better type of bat.
Along with teammate Dustin Pedroia, Betts has been using an axe-handled bat since the start of the 2016 season. The axe-handled bat (or simply "AXE bat") replaces the symmetrical circular handle, which has been the norm since the 1800s, with an ergonomically designed asymmetrical handle with a flush backside and a slanted cap. The axe-handled bat has been found to deliver more efficient power and create additional bat speed while also putting less stress on the fragile bones of the wrist and hand.
Betts isn't the only one having great success with the axe-handled bat in 2016. Pedroia currently sports a .309 batting average, and Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (another frequent AXE bat user) holds a .900 OPS. Check out our full profile of the axe-handled bat below to find out why it could revolutionize baseball.
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