Dave Winfield swung a variety of bats throughout his career, some of them with fantastic eye appeal. Winfield typically swung a 35.5" bat, he began his career in San Diego swinging a H&B models and Adirondacks with natural and hickory finishes. He went to New York and continued swinging some hickory LVS bats but primarily swung black Adirondacks. In the early '80's he incorporated the long, spiral tape job running the length of the handle. During the late 80's and early 90's, Winfield primarily swung two tone Cooper and Rawlings bats while occasionally swinging a LVS. Winfield almost always either taped his handles or applied a generous coat of mota stick along the handle of his well used gamers. He also sometimes shaved the handles of his bats. Winfield was fairly inconsistent with numbering the knobs of his bats, he seemed to number the knobs more frequently when not playing for the Yankees. One common trait on Winfield bats was the location of the game use. Dave typically hit with the label facing backwards, therefore game use should be on the back and left barrels. There should be cleat marks as well on his well used gamers.
Ideal Gamer: Yankees or rookie era.
Difficulty: 1 Quality Gamer: 2 Ideal gamer: 3
Popularity/Demand: 3, trending up. HOFer and 3,000 hit club member has long been undervalued. Bouncing around from team to team and not being a big power hitter considering his size, hurt his value a bit. He has been looked at as a bit of a compiler and never hit for great average, nonetheless, he was a tremendous athlete and a superstar during his day.
Ideal Characteristics: Taped handle or heavy tar.