Ban of metal bats....

United States
March 14, 2007 10:35am CST
I just read a news headline that says "New York City considering ban on metal bats". Well, my first thought was "Wow, are metal bats used so much in crimes that they have to be banned?" Then a co-worker and I started talking about other things they could do to deter crime. So then I start to read the article and it is actually about banning metal bats in to help prevent injuries to players that use them. My first question is ws I terribly wrong in my assumption of what the article is about? Also, does government really need to babysit us so closely that the say what sports equipment we use? Let me know what you think.
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
14 Mar 07
It seems as if you jumped to a horribly funny conclusion. I have to admit, that I knew it meant baseball, but that doesn't mean you were terribly wrong. Did the article say New York city government officials or just the Yankees? If it is the Yankees officials, then yes they have every right to say what kind of bats can be used in their stadium. My guess if you look closer, it's the NY Yankee or Mets govererning bodies and not the city's government.
• United States
14 Mar 07
It was city government and it pertained to high school ball and the fact of the ball coming off the bat faster and injuring kids. I played high school ball and I never remember anyone getting hurt because of that. Also what about the added expense the schools will have to use wood bats, that break, I am sure that will strain some schools stletic budgets.
• United States
8 Jul 07
Funny that you thought it would matter if the crime was committed with a metal bat as opposed to a wooden bat. Anyway, no, the govt. should not get involved. But, the baseball/softball organizations should. The issue is not that it is metal, it's that the properties are purposefully such that the ball rebounds off the bats much faster than with a wooden bat. The manufacturers are all trying to outdo each other in this regard. The baseball/softball organizations must only allow metal bats that mimic the properties of wooden bats. The original intent of aluminum bats was to reduce the cost due to breakage and those original bats were not much different that bats made out of wood (other than you could hit the ball on the handle and still get a base hit). Rebound can be controlled by the manufacturers. I do believe, especially in softball, that the bats have gotten ridiculous. So much so that the balls have to be softened to reduce the danger. This makes no sense.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I think banning of metal bats would be a good thing because when hitting the ball with a metal bat travels much faster and harder at a player on the field. It is very dangerous for a pitcher when a player hits a line drive with a metal bat at him or her. You have very little reaction time to protect yourself and could prove deadly if you get hit in the head. I have gotten hit in the stomach once while pitching to a friend who used a metal bat and my stomach got severely bruised and took time to heal.