Sports roundup: 'Men's Health' profiles Marucci … La. home to fourth-most horse deaths, drug infractions in U.S. … BREC cancels Ladies Spring Classic
Out of the ballpark: In the new issue of Men's Health magazine, a profile of Jack Marucci says the founder and owner of Baton Rouge-based Marucci Sports "is one of the most important men in baseball." Marucci Sports makes baseball bats for more than 300 pros—more than a third of all Major League Baseball players—including four of the eight batters in the 2011 Home Run Derby (including winner Robinson Cano) and 22 All-Stars. After Louisville Slugger, Marucci Sports is now making the most popular bats in the majors. "These are the tools we use to make a living," says Ryan Theriot, a Baton Rouge native and former LSU Tiger ballplayer who is now with the San Francisco Giants, "so we want the best. The attention to detail at Marucci is key, and the durability of the bats is unmatched. That's important, because once you get a good piece of wood in your hands, you want to hang onto it. Their bats give you that extra confidence." And yet, as Marucci tells the magazine, "I never had a business plan." Check out the full profile here.
At the track: According to an extensive investigative report from The New York Times on the safety of the horseracing industry in the United States, Louisiana ranked No. 4 for the number of horses testing positive for illegal drugs (291), and No. 4 for horse deaths (268) between 2009 and 2011. The newspaper includes data for 28 of 29 states in which horseracing takes place. The article more than lives up to its headline, "Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys," and says, "On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. Many are inexpensive horses racing with little regulatory protection in pursuit of bigger and bigger prizes. These deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills rather than to pathologists who might have discovered why the horses broke down." See the complete feature, including a five-minute video overview, here.
Fore no more: East Baton Rouge Parish's parks and recreation department says in an email today it's canceling the Ladies Spring Classic golf tournament scheduled for this weekend at the City Park Golf Course. BREC says the tournament's cancellation is due to lack of participation.
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