Friday, March 26, 2010
Today’s Wooden Baseball Bats
Many Major League Baseball players use wooden bats that are made of white ash or maple. The wood used to make the white ash bats comes from Pennsylvania and New York. These bats are light and durable. Out of all the white ash trees that are harvested, only the best ten percent are used to make bats. These trees are usually around fifty years old when they are harvested. Maple bats are just starting to be used in the MLB. The advancement of technology has allowed this. Previously, maple bats were too heavy. Now, they can be made with less moisture making them weigh less. Recently there has been a controversy in MLB because maple bats were breaking and hitting people in the stands or base coaches. MLB has turned to science to try and make maple bats more durable. In the past, hickory bats were used, but they are very heavy. Some baseball bat manufacturers are experimenting with bamboo. These bats are made of bamboo strips put together and are very strong. MLB baseball players are very picky about their bats.