Some of the star players on the Chicago Cubs walk up to the plate with baseball bats made right here in Illinois.

When you're a major league baseball player, having the correct tools of the trade is very important to your success. That means you better have a baseball bat that you feel comfortable with.

I remember when I was a kid playing little league, I never really liked the bats the team provided. My Dad would take me out to find my own. It seemed like I hit better when I had my own bat.

I could just imagine being a major leaguer and trying to find the right one. The right size, length, weight, and feel. Without it could mean the difference between success and failure. The wrong bat could affect your whole swing.

That could put a lot of pressure on a baseball bat maker. If the players don't trust your product, they aren't going to use it. In turn, if you make something special, then players will be loyal.

It must be a very difficult business to break into. Maybe, almost as hard as becoming an actual pro baseball player.

According to, there are two baseball bat companies in the state of Illinois, which I think is really cool.

The first brand is Dinger Bats.

You might have heard of one of their endorsers. It's Chicago Cubs star hitter, Kyle Schwarber. He even has his own Dinger Bat Model. It's the KS-10 and you can buy one to use yourself.

The owner is Kyle Drone who is a former college baseball player. He understands the game and his company keeps him part of what he grew up playing and loving.

His bats are made in Illinois at his plant in Ridgway at the edge of the Shawnee National Forest.

The other brand of baseball bats made in Illinois is Homewood Bats.

Homewood Bats also has a loyal customer on the Chicago Cubs. It's 2016 World Series MVP, Ben Zobrist.

Todd Pals, who started the company, both played and coached baseball. He is very passionate about the game and wanted to share that with others.

They are located just outside of Chicago in Homewood, Illinois.

Who knew that some major league baseball bats are made in Illinois. Plus, to have Chicago Cubs players using them makes the story even better.

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