Technology that some day will bring Red Sox legend Ted Williams back to life might fix wooden bats.
A pair of enterprising fans believe they've come up with a process that could help end those annoying broken and splintered bats.
The Wall Street Journal reports the bats are cryogenically frozen at minus-310 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 24 hours, then slowly brought back to a normal temperature. Testing by an independent university laboratory shows the cryogenically iced bats are 26 percent stronger than normal bats.
Family members of Williams, the last player in baseball to bat over .400 in a single season (.406 in 1941), had his body taken by private jet to Arizona following his death in July 2002. Williams body was frozen in two pieces and stored in a steel can filled with liquid nitrogen.
Jim Cortez, a Chicago entrepreneur, and Greg Kendra, a real-estate agent from Denver, came up with a similar method for bats but are struggling to get the bygone baseball boys to sign off on it.
The proper paperwork has been filed with Major League Baseball to get the frosty lumber certified for use in games, but the old-fashioned leaders of the sport haven't responded.
A mouthpiece for Major League Baseball refused go on record about the possible use of frozen bats.