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Entry from October 26, 2015
“A $300 bat won’t fix your 50 cent swing” (baseball adage)

Baseball bats can be expensive, but an expensive bat doesn’t automatically turn a player into a good hitter. “A $300 bat won’t fix your 50 cent swing” is a baseball adage of unknown authorship.

The prices of the bat and the swing often change, but the meaning of the adage is the same. “How you gunna have a 400$ bat & 2$ swing?” was cited on Twitter on September 15, 2011. “We have a saying in softball. ‘A $300 bat don’t fix a $3 swing!’ Go get some lessons first so you didn’t waste your money!” was cited on Twitter on March 2, 2012.


Twitter
Brittany
‏@IvoryAssassin
How you gunna have a 400$ bat & 2$ swing? #Lmfao
8:13 PM - 15 Sep 2011

Twitter
Ryan Wesley
‏@POWDER_9
@cliffavril We have a saying in softball. “A $300 bat don’t fix a $3 swing!” Go get some lessons first so you didn’t waste your money!
2:21 PM - 2 Mar 2012

Twitter
Emily Henning
‏@emilydelhenn
A $400 bat won’t fix your worthless swing.
7:31 PM - 12 Dec 2012

Twitter
Tony Di Giulio
‏@MusicRowSongs
Dear spoiled kids of America playing youth baseball,
A $300 dollar baseball bat WON’T fix your $1 dollar swing.
#backtobasics #fundamentals
6:45 AM - 5 Apr 2014

Twitter
BCGRIMS
‏@bcgrimsley1
A 500 dollar bat won’t fix your one dollar swing #baseballism
11:40 AM - 18 May 2014

Twitter
Playced
‏@Playced
RECRUITING TIP: YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE An old saying in baseball,"a $300 bat isn’t going to fix your 50cent swing.” http://www.facebook.com/getplayced/posts/419228548235357:0
7:16 PM - 12 Jan 2015

Facebook
CoachLisle.com Baseball & Softball Hitting with Curtiss McCarty and T.J. Housh
August 31, 2015
Remember kids. A $400 bat won’t fix a $4 swing ‪#‎softball‬ ‪#‎baseball‬

USA Today—High School Sports
Recruiting Tip: You are what you are
By Fred Bastie, Playced.com October 26, 2015
There is an old saying in baseball, “A $300 bat isn’t going to fix your 50 cent swing.” The same applies to the college recruiting process.  Paying for a professional video or hiring a recruiting service isn’t going to make you Marcus Mariota.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, October 26, 2015 • Permalink