Recent Blog Articles

Children's Health

Play Ball: Will new rules for bats make baseball safer?

Baseball-bat_240
March 31, 2011

Disclaimer:

As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

Comments

Chris McBrien
November 24, 2011

Do you think there is ever a chance that metal bats would be used in the Major Leagues?

Thanks,
Dear Mr. Fantasy

Kj
November 23, 2011

As a travel baseball coach and now a high school JV coach, I’ve seen over the years many more dangerous situations occur when wood bats break and go flying.

I’m not sure this solves the issue of balls traveling faster off a metal bat, but thought it should be part of the discussion.

When a batter walks up to the batters box, a coach will often move his players closer or farther from homeplate based on size, strength, bat swing, etc. of the batter. So another option is… give the players more reaction time by moving them back.

As to regards to the coach losing his eye… the 1st and 3rd base coaches are in the most dangerous spots as they are close, have no mitts and usually have their attention on the field.

KJ

Ryan Johnson
August 12, 2011

That is why baseball implemented the new BBCOR standards
[URL removed by moderator]

James Winters
July 12, 2011

I played baseball growing up and throughout school. There is no doubt that the ball comes a little “hotter” off of an aluminum bat vs. a wood bat. However, you also have to take into consideration that wood bats break and broken bats can hit people. Maybe I missed it in the article but I don’t remember seeing that being talked about. All and all moving to wood bats is probably a good idea. I’ve seen people take some good shots from balls coming off bats, and it’s never pretty.
[URL removed by moderator]

Liz Morgan
July 11, 2011

I don’t think it’s much of an issue considering kids are growing up playing metal bats, and by the time high school or college ball comes along, they have gotten used to the speed at which the ball moves, and how quickly they must react to field the ball.
[URL removed by moderator]

Thomas Wilson
June 01, 2011

I definitely want to see safer bats come into play for both the players AND the fans. Remember, sometimes broken bats (or even whole bats) fly into the stands! Thanks for the inspiration, I think I am going to write a post on my site http://www.bestbaseballworkouts.com about this!

billy
May 27, 2011

I’ve heard that bat testing is a joke too. To get bats approved they’ll test them at very low swing speeds so they pass, but most 12 year old kids swing faster than the tests, let alone 18 year old kids. Do you think there is any truth in that?

Commenting has been closed for this post.