Does a corked bat really hit farther?

Author's Note

Even in the face of scientific evidence, some hitters swear by their corked bats. It's quite possible that there's a placebo effect at work in such situations. After all, as any fan will tell you, baseball is played in the mind as much as it is on the field.

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