Metal Bats in Major League Baseball

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Metal Bats in Major League Baseball Since the inception of the first Major League Baseball (MLB) game, played on May 4, 1871, bats made of wood have been the tradition in baseball. The creation of metal bats occurred in the 1920s, but not actually used in play until 1970 when they were introduced into Little League youth baseball. Even though all levels of players from children to professionals seemed to prefer the new metal bats, MLB prohibited their use. Safety, skill level of the players, cost, level of entertainment provided, and tradition are all arguments used in the controversy between whether Major League Baseball should allow metal bats or continue using wooden ones. The safety of the players is the biggest concern in all …show more content…
In 2010, a man sued the New York Mets after being hit in the face by a broken bat leaving him with multiple fractures (White). Because of the many injuries occurring from broken bats, MLB has made an effort to make bats safer for everyone. Specific regulations created for bats used in today’s games have led to a steady drop in the number of broken bats (Roberts). As of 2013, the rate has lowered to an average of 0.46 bats broken per game (White). The skill level needed to successfully hit off the different materials remains another argument between metal versus wood bats. Metal bats have been proven to require less skill to hit with because of their weight difference and the size of their "sweet spots" compared to wooden bats. With most metal bats being made of aluminum, they weigh in much lighter than bats made of solid wood. It is much easier for players to swing the aluminum bats due to that fact ("Baseball: Wooden Bats Vs. Metal Bats"). The lighter weight allows players to swing faster, which helps put more force on the ball, resulting in the ball flying farther and much faster. In a test comparing wood bats to multiple types of metal bats, balls batted off wood bats obtained an average speed of 98.6 mph, while balls hit with the different types of metal bats obtained speeds between 100.3 mph and 106.5 mph (Russell). These results show that the lighter weight of the metal bats, helps drive the ball faster and farther and is not necessarily
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