Saturday, May 31, 2008

Flying broken bats are dangerous

There has been a lot of talk, and will be more in the coming weeks, that maple bats should be outlawed in Major League Baseball. Over half the hitters in baseball use the maple bats now, as opposed to the traditional ash bats. Scientists say the maple and ash bats impact the ball the same, but players like them because they feel harder. But while an ash bat usually splinters, a maple bat shatters more violently when it breaks. Susan Rhodes, an LA Dodgers fan, suffered serious facial injuries after a broken bat flew into the stands. Not only is it dangerous for fans, some of whom may not be paying attention to all aspects of the game, but it's unsafe for the players too. They don't use aluminum bats in MLB because batted balls fly with more force and speed and the bats have a larger sweet spot, making dangerous hits more likely. So why not outlaw a bat that could impale an unsuspecting fielder? Imagine a ground ball to second, Cano fields, and while Jeter's looking on he gets stabbed by this flying-javelin piece of broken bat. I don't think that would be good for anyone.

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