So many people (players, umpires, fans) get hit with parts of broken
bats that it seems like a simple solution exists. I am not a
woodworker so I can not judge the problems with drilling a very small
hole in the center of the bat (or the piece of wood that would be
turned into the bat) down the lenght of the bat. If this could be
done, a polymer fiber (nylon, polycarbonate, etc.) placed in this hole
would hold all the pieces of a broken bat together and prevent most of
Any technical woodworking problems in doing this?
It is difficult to drill a deep hole into long stock, since there is
nothing to keep it on-center as it drills. An off-center hole would
make an unbalanced bat. Similar to a hole for a lamp, I'd cut the
stock in half, make a groove, glue the halves back together, then turn
The rules explicitly prohibit "composite" bats of any kind. They must
be made out of one piece of solid wood.
Although, I did see one company known for making hard maple bats
offering composite bamboo bats. Still, not legal in the Bigs.
If the bat's not one piece all the way down, how can you know what's inside
it without taking it apart? You can X-ray it, but that would only show
there's something in the bat... but not if there's anything illegal.
One suggestion I have would be to put a small band (made of a plastic or
vinyl?) around the bat near its midpoint, at the place where there's
usually a band drawn on the bat anyway. Should the bat split, the band
would slow or stop the transfer of force and perhaps the bat would stay
Anyone want to give me $500,000 to do some research?
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I'm sure it can be done, but I wouldn't want to be the guy holding the
bat when it breaks.
Take few sections of 2x2 and join them end to end with 1/4" rope. Now
swing it. (Don't forget to wear your helmet and pads -- you'll need them.)
That sounds ok to me. The batter should be the one in danger not some
kid in the stands. I do not think a strand of something like fishing
line would be much of a "cork" (but I do not know, it would be easy to
test for an effect)
Heard the announcers on a radio game discussing this issue the other day.
They were of the opinion that it was because of the type of wood now being
used. Hickory is in short supply, Ash is discouraged because of the danger
of spreading the Ash Borer with the transport of the Ash from source to
manufacturer. I believe they said that many of the bats are now being made
of Maple, which is breaking easier.
I can drive a golf ball over 300 yds. Who can't right. So I went into a
golf shop that had a net and speed/distance radar device. I thought if I
could get a a titanium head on a stiff shaft it might be even lighter and
further better. I took one swing with their $600 driver....and left the
store in one piece with all my money.
The simple solution is already used by little leagues and colleges.
Aluminum. I've seen them dented but I've never seen one break.
Besides if they get all of the steroids and HGH out of baseball (not
likely), MLB is going to need to find a way to get all the scrawny 180
pound ball players to hit the ball out of the park.
That loud PING is not quite the same though.
So a twenty percent difference in energy is going to make the
difference between no injury and broken bones or death? Might
interest you to know that in the past ten years 2/3 of the people who
have died from being struck by a batted ball were struck by balls hit
from a _wooden_ bat.
NCAA changed the rules a long time ago to limit the ball speed coming
out of an aluminum bat.
This whole aluminum bat controversy is something that grandstanding
politicians use to appear to be Doing Something and has no real
relation to safety. Of course there's a "ban aluminum bats" movement,
but take _anything_ and there's some bunch of loons who think it
should be banned.
And what's the difference between the "populations"? No reputable
study has shown a statistically significant difference in injury rates
between aluminum and wooden bats, and the studies that show a
difference in ball speed (which is at best ten percent) are based on
older bat designs before the rules requiring that bats be tested to
deliver approximately the same ball speed as wood were implemented.
By the way, since 1982 there have been 15 "catastrophic injuries"
among high school and college players, out of 9.5 million
participants. That includes both aluminum and wooden bats. You're
far more likely to die in an automobile accident on the way to or from
the game than to die from being hit with a baseball struck by an
But twits like you just _have_ to "fix" nonexistent problems by
Not I...I'm all for wooden bats simply for them being tradition but
nowhere did I say anything whatsoever that could be construed as saying
aluminum bats should be outlawed.
Engineering studies aside, there's no question in my mind there's a
significant difference in the game between using wood and metal--all one
has to do is watch the summer wood-league bats and how the college
players who are using them for the first time in competitive play cope.
Many of the recent incidents I can recall aren't actually
players/coaches but fans in stands.
The "population difference" in my thinking has to do w/ several things--
1. Age of players (professional vs college/high school/youth)
2. Skill of players (highly segregated by time get past high school)
3. Relative numbers in various categories
4. Numbers of individuals in spectator categories of the various other
categories which changes at-risk population in biased manner.
In interests of full disclosure... :)
I actually do think metal bats should be illegal at the college and
higher levels, not owing to the safety issue but because I'm a
traditionalist(*). The action, of course, should be taken as part of
the rules of the game, not as any legislative action.
(*) There should be no such abomination as a "designated hitter",
either, of course... :)
With out a ratio of aluminum to wooden bats involved in the 2 out of 3
deaths being caused by wooden bats, one cannot draw any kind of conclusion.
It could mean that aluminum bats are way more dangerous if 1/10 of the
bats being used in the study were aluminum. Or it could mean that wooden
bats are more dangerous if 1/10 of the bats were wooden.
IF the amount of wooden bats were exactly double that of aluminum they would
both be equally dangerous. If the number of aluminum bats being used were
more than half the number of wooden bats bats then the aluminum bats would
be more dangerous.
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