Young Bat Company has reopened. After a 12-year run, the company closed in 2005 because principal Chris Young, according to his son Thomas, is an inventor who had mastered the art and got bored. Back in the day, YBC was one of 40 manufacturers of baseball bats, and its products were used by Major League greats like Barry Bonds and Javier Lopez. Thomas was seven years old when the business closed, and recently he and his friend, Cody Siniard, started probing Chris about the business. The friends also compiled a lot of market research on 94 bat companies, collecting data on pricing and advertising. They crunched some numbers and decided they could launch a profitable venture. Chris had sold all the manufacturing equipment, but he hadn’t sold the business. While he’s technically the CEO, he says he’s just the janitor, and he does things like sourcing wood from development projects. Thomas and Cody want to run a small, artisan business. They’re currently selling wooden baseball swag and taking orders for high-school and college players. One of their favorite products is an “unbreakable” wooden bat they say is well worth the investment for practice. In a couple years, they hope to enter negotiations with Major League Baseball.