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The only company allowed to manufacture a pink bat with its name on the label is Louisville Slugger, "the MLB official licensee."
To get that designation, Hillerich & Bradsby, the parent company of Louisville Slugger, made what one source deemed "a sizeable donation" to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the league's charitable partner.
All of this can go away easily. Louisville can say that it would be happy to donate money to Komen with no strings attached, a sign of true giving – and if it declines to do so, it will be obvious just how hollow the donation was in the first place.
I don't have a problem with this.
There is nothing stupider than pissing money away on cancer "awareness" while all scientific research on metastatic cancer continues to be underfunded.
There is nothing stupider than pissing money away on cancer "awareness" while research on metastatic cancer continues to be underfunded. But we wouldn't want to admit our own mortality, would we.
Is there ever a time when scientific research is over funded or properly funded? Seems like, no matter what scenarios exist, more funding would always be welcomed.
[T]he bats ran afoul of an edict issued by Roy Krasik, Major League Baseball’s senior director for baseball operations. According to a memorandum he sent out in April and then reiterated two weeks ago to all of the bat companies used by major league players, companies were free to produce all-pink bats for Mother’s Day but only Hillerich & Bradsby, the makers of Louisville Slugger, the most widely used bat in baseball, could display its logo on the bats.
The communications from Krasik also stipulated that the companies that were willing to produce logo-less pink bats were also expected to donate to baseball’s designated breast cancer charity — Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Hillerich & Bradsby, which is based in Louisville, Ky., enjoys the designation of being baseball’s official bat-maker, a title for which it pays Major League Baseball hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. That appeared to be one factor in its exclusive rights on Mother’s Day; another is its relationship with the Susan G. Komen charity.
Matt Bourne, a spokesman for M.L.B., said that Hillerich & Bradsby deserved extra recognition and support because of its efforts in bringing attention to breast cancer issues.
But because the guidelines did not explicitly forbid the other bat companies from providing special Mother’s Day bats that were not all pink but did have pink lettering, Tucci Lumber and MaxBat tried that route.
“I wasn’t trying to skirt around the rules because there wasn’t a rule on colored logos,” Jim Anderson, vice president and director of sales for MaxBat, said last week. But when M.L.B. found out what MaxBat and Tucci Lumber were attempting to do, it banned those bats as well.
Hillerich & Bradsby, which is based in Louisville, Ky., enjoys the designation of being baseball’s official bat-maker, a title for which it pays Major League Baseball hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
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