Why do players cheat? Because baseball and softball are tough games that take hard work, dedication, and patience. Cheating takes little effort. It's taking the easy way.
Bats are not immune to cheating and unethical practices. For example, learning to hit for power takes time, as does the process of making contact with the ball. Unfortunately, there are a few common, unapproved, and unethical bat break-in methods that allow cheaters to gain an edge. JustBats.com outlines them here because while we don't condone illegal bat break-in methods, it's good for players, coaches, and parents to be well-informed about these practices.