New York City has the right idea

New York City school officials are considering banning metal bats from the high school baseball programs.

Great idea.!
They are concerned about the velocity with which the ball comes off the bat and the potential for major injury.
Those opposed don’t believe metal bats are any more dangerous than wood bats.
The opposed also cite the cost factor, saying wood bats are more susceptible to breakage, and the replacement costs are greater.
As for the injury factor, anyone who doesn’t believe the ball comes off a metal bat with greater velocity isn’t paying attention. ‘Nuf said.
About the cost factor, yes, wood bats break, but with today’s prices for metal bats, you can probably buy a half dozen bats for what one metal bat costs.
Here’s hoping the New York city folk will follow through with its plans and the rest of the world will follow.
Bring back the crack of ball meeting bat and rid the game of the clang.

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  • delriohardball

    A PhD physicist years ago did a thorough and scientific study using high caliber high school, college and pro players and found that aluminum bats did indeed propel the ball faster and farther. About 20′ farther with the best hit balls (i.e., a 400′ shot with wood will travel about 420′ with aluminum.)

    Years ago at Whittier College, we had a guy (Tony Woods) who was a first round draft pick. He was a slugger who hit 10+ homeruns every year. Since he knew he was going to be drafted in June (and playing pro ball with wood bat), he started using wood in practice. Immediately, the balls that used to fly out of Whittier College either hit the fence or were fence-scraper homeruns.

    What aluminum does is allow for a larger barrel (2 5/8″) while maintaining a -3 weight to length ratio. (A 33″ wood bat with a 2 5/8″ barrel would weigh a ton!) The effect of this is that batters can get a piece of the ball on pitches that would normally result in a strikeout with wood. More chances to hit = more hits. Plus, the ball is hit harder with aluminum, thus you will see more bleeder hits just beyond the infield on pitches which jam the hitter.

    Baseball is dangerous whether wood or aluminum. Pitching is not for the faint-of-heart, and pitchers have to field their position!

    Hitting with wood is more difficult, but it makes hitters better. They have to keep their stroke short and focus on line drives. Ash bats cost anywhere from $30 to $50, while harder and more durable maple bats cost anywhere from $70 to $150. This is compared with high-caliber aluminum which goes from about $250 to almost $400. (By the way, kids that play a lot need a new aluminum bat every year, at least. Thus, if a kid spent $350 on a good aluminum bat for the year, the same $350 would fund 5 good quality maple bats- probably enough for a year).

    I agree with you, Roger. Bring back wood. Games will last only an hour to hour and a half, and games will be tighter. 12-10 aluminum bat high school and college games can be entertaining, but true baseball fans appreciate pitching, defense and strategy; with aluminum, it is an American League game- get on and wait for the double or homerun.