T here are few things as heartbreaking as a baseball or softball bat that has had its life prematurely cut short either through cracking, breaking or some other tragedy. In this article, we provide a list of the best ways you can ensure your bat lasts a long time by keeping it in tip-top condition. The basics when it comes to taking care of your bat are more or less the same, although manufacturers may differ somewhat. Before we begin, the first thing to remember is that unless stated otherwise, your bat is under warranty. Typically, the warranty period is 12 months from the date the bat is bought.