Aluminum Bats vs. Wooden Bats Essay

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Aluminum Bats vs. Wooden Bats

Is baseball America’s pastime? For the major leaguers maybe, but for college athletes it seems more like a new age video game. The introduction of high dollared aluminum bats produce football like scores, higher statistics, and a percentage of danger to each and every player on the field. The NCAA has changed the regulations of the bats so far and should look further into to making another change to wooden bats.

High tech aluminum baseball bats aren’t quite as new to the game as many people may think. Author, Patrick Hruby, wrote in Sports Illustrated, “introduced in the mid-1970’s… metal bats have become increasingly potent, forged with alloys… pressurized air chambers” (Hruby 42). Over the
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Besides the velocity of the ball coming off of the bat there is also the reaction time to look at. “Baseball Rules Committee believe that a collegiate pitcher needs approximately .4 seconds to react and move to avoid being struck…a pitcher is between 51 and 52 feet away from the point of impact between the bat and ball at the time of impact” (3). Dempsey also states that “at 94 mph the ball will travel 52 feet in approximately .371 seconds… with high power aluminum bats speeds well in excess of 100 mph the ball will travel 52 feet in .354 seconds… at 110 mph, a ball will travel 52 feet in .321 seconds” (3).

Baseball bats aren’t the only things that are changing; in fact it is the aluminum bats that are changing the game. If you asked players who only played with wooden bats, like the legendary Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, or even Willie Keeler they would all say that these aluminum bats are taking away from the real game of baseball. These Hall of Fame players aren’t the only ones thinking that it takes away from the game, Bill Thurston, Amherst College’s baseball coach said “All you have to do is talk to pro scout,…They think the college game is ridiculous” (Hruby 42). They think that it is ridiculous because the bats that collegiate players use are helping turn baseball scores into football like scores. A perfect example of this is the 1998 season “During the

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