Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Youth Baseball: Bats, Wood or Aluminum?

In 1924, a patent was issued for the first metal baseball bat, but metal bats were not used until Worth introduced the first aluminum baseball bat in 1970. I was a little league player in the early 70's and I vividly remember when kids around the league started to use them. By the mid 70's every team had at least one aluminum bat for players to share.

Metal bats became very popular when Easton introduced a better and stronger aluminum bat in the late 70's. That is when I got my first aluminum bat. I remember it like it was yesterday, it was gold with black letters. When the bat met the ball it sounded different, but I don't really remember it changing the game significantly for me.

Innovations continued as bat manufacturers realized there was a market for $300+ bats. In the early 1990's lighter and stronger bats made of titanium were introduced. Then bats with double wall construction and high tech composite materials were introduced. All of the innovations were designed to propel the ball faster and further. Of course parents anxious to see their kids succeed or at a minimum keep up with the Jones' keep buying the best and most expensive bats on the market. And the crack of the bat was forever replaced by the ping of a bat.

I didn't realize it until this past weekend, but baseball lost something in the process.

Arguments for high tech metal or composite bats
  • Better weight distribution with a center of gravity closer to the handle to make it easier to swing. 
  • Greater bat speed potential leads to more power to hit the ball harder, faster and further.
  • The Trampoline effect - the bat compresses on impact and then springs back pushing the ball forward.
  • Bigger sweet spot which is much more forgiving translates to more hits.
  • More durable - aluminum bats do not break as easy as wood.
  • Cost efficient. Metal or Composite bats can be much more expensive to buy compared to wood bats, but cost savings can be realized over time because they are more durable.
Arguments against high tech metal or composite bats
  • Greater bat speed potential leads to more power to hit the ball harder and faster and this puts the pitcher and other players in jeopardy of serious injury. Kids are getting seriously injured and even killed by batted balls that rocket off of the high tech bats.
  • Bigger sweet spot which is much more forgiving leads to more hits even against nasty pitches. There are lots of rules in place to limit the number of pitches a pitcher can throw in a week, a game or a tournament. These rules are in place to protect young arms. If wood bats were used, there would be less cheap hits and therefore less pitches required to get through an inning or game. Wood bats would save young arms.
  • Defense becomes more important. Games with wood bats are decided more on skill and less on technology. 
  • Strategy becomes important again. Manufacturing runs with bunts and "hit and run" plays become more viable options. Kids therefore learn the game more completely. 

The Main Point

After watching a wood bat tournament this past weekend, I have become a big fan of wood bats. A game played with wooden bats is pure baseball. It is baseball at its very best.

Games 52, 53, 54, 55

I just watched a great wood bat tournament this past weekend. It was baseball at its best. The eight best teams from the tri-state area converged to match skills not technology.

My son's team won 4-3 in extra innings, lost 1-0 in extra innings, won 7-6 in extra innings and then lost in the semi-finals. Pitchers pitched and fielders made plays. There were very few cheap hits. There were more bunts and situational hitting. It was really fun to watch.

Ironically enough, my son who has been in a prolonged slump hit a pop up 15 feet beyond second base. The second baseman got a late jump. The shortstop got a late jump and the centerfielder did not get a good read. As a result, the ball dropped in for a cheap hit. My son hustled right out of the box and slid into second base with a double. His coach didn't say a word about his hustle. The opposing coach yelled at his players, he said, "If you guys hustled half as much as that kid he would be out and not on second base. Nice hustle kid." Despite the long slump he continues to play with passion and I am proud of him.

The 1-0 loss was against our arch rival, the team that denied us a CABA World Series Championship by beating us in the finals 2 years ago. In the second inning, my son was up with a runner on third. His coach called for a suicide squeeze. My son put a perfect bunt down the first base line. The run scored and my son was safe at first with a single and an RBI, or so we thought.  The umpire called the ball foul. He claimed that he saw the ball hit my son's foot. I have video of the play and the ball was no where close to his foot. Nic's team would have won in regulation 1-0, but instead lost the game in extra innings 1-0. That is how it goes when a player is in a slump.

My son caught both games of the doubleheader on Saturday and the semi-final game on Sunday. He played flawlessly and threw out another base stealer. One of the dads from our team came up to me and said how impressed he is with Nic. Namely, that he does not take his hitting slump into the field with him.

I bought my son a Mad Dog bamboo bat prior to the tournament. My son loved it. Mad Dog Bats


  1. Basketball has a quickly and interesting speed of play. Also, each participant on the judge extends to perform equally offense and protection and the tasks of every participant are just freely defined. Significantly of basketball easily could be used (like firing or dribbling) with anyone rendering it an easy task to learn. The activity is perfect for one-on-one perform completely around 5-on-5, therefore that you do not require a major audience to acquire a great sport going.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  4. Thanks for sharing this post. My own point of view, Louisville Slugger WB180BB-NA 180 Natural Baseball Bat
    is a very strong bat; but make sure you can get around on the pitch because the bat breaks very easy if you get a ball anywhere below the barrel. If you want you can gather knowledge about baseball.

  5. I am Agree with you,A game played with wooden bats is pure baseball. It is baseball at its very best.I have become a big fan of wood bats. Is $300 is enough for a wood bats.

  6. I think I have never seen such information about baseball bat ever before that has complete things with all details which I want. So kindly update blog you’ve got here. I’ve ever been seeing you just about many blogs recently.

  7. Wood baseball bats are accessible for all alliances and levels. Some trust Wood baseball bats exemplify the workmanship or the verse of baseball. Exactness made wood bats are loaded with the spine-shivering break of a grand slam or the chipped stays of wooden warrior that penetrated its last fair hit.

  8. Your blog is full of entertainment and helpful information that can allure to anyone anytime. Continue posting!

  9. Another reality is that the item is low support while there will absolutely not be any expensive repairs since there is a long haul ensure on the window. Aluminum generally goes about as a sort of protection and in this manner you can make sure that the cool does not leak through. It is unquestionably the best answer for blustery and colder zones in the UK. aluminiumgutteringcompany.co.uk

  10. Every Substantial League Baseball team is utilizing computers to collect and organize information. Read here

  11. Once, a Baseball Bat Review by a player, comprised of an outing to the little neighborhood brandishing products store, finding a wooden bat which the player could swing and confirming the mark of the barrel of the bat was of somebody well known.
    axial sports

  12. When the weather gets nicer, people like to spend more time outside. They like to invite people over and socialize at things such as an outdoor dinner party. bestoutdoorpicks.com


  13. Your article has piqued a lot of positive interest. I can see why since you have done such a good job of making it interesting.
    2k18 codes

  14. I've sorted my recommendations based on the composition and price of the bat to simplify the process. I believe this makes it easier to pinpoint the bat that's right for you louisville slugger softball bats 2015

  15. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info specially the last part I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck. Best Youth Baseball Bats

  16. Rapidly get into a situation between third base and home, remaining around ten feet in foul domain.토토사이트

  17. Bài báo của bạn là sáng tạo. Tôi rất mong được đọc rất nhiều bài báo mà bạn đã liên kết ở đây. Thích! kubet.com.vn

  18. Hello I am so delighted I located your blog, I really located you by mistake, while I was watching on google for something else, Anyways I am here now and could just like to say thank for a tremendous post and a all round entertaining website. Please do keep up the great work. Radiologie Paris

  19. I’m going to read this. I’ll be sure to come back. thanks for sharing. and also This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. this is very nice one and gives indepth information. thanks for this nice article... แทงบอลออนไลน์

  20. I know this web site offers quality depending articles or reviews and other information,
    is there any other site which offers such data in quality?

    my web-site:부산오피

  21. This is a very impressive subject. Thank you for always. I have been reading your article interestingly. If possible, please visit my website to read my posts and leave comments. Have a nice day! 토토사이트

  22. Quality posts are important to attract the visitors to visit the web site,
    that’s what this website is providing.

  23. I am really pleased to read this blog posts which includes tons of
    valuable information. 바카라사이트

  24. Recently, I have started to read a lot of unique articles on different sites, and I am enjoying that a lot. Although, I must tell you that I still like the articles here a lot. They are also unique in their own way 온라인경마

  25. Do you mind generally if I refer to several of your posts given that I give you credit and sources back to your internet-site? My website is in the matching specialized niche as your site and my clients will have the benefit of many of the advise your site present on this site. Be sure to inform me if this is okay with you. All the best! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this site could definitely be one of the best in its field. Amazing blog! I am very enjoyed for this blog. Its an informative topic. It help me very much to solve some problems. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy 바카라사이트

  26. 14 Strategies We Attribute to Our Recent Business Excellence Award - Out of the blue, I received an email from the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce one day notifying me that we were nominated for a 2016 Business Excellence award. Say what? Once I got past my shock and disbelief that they must have the wrong Susan. Accountant

  27. This article discusses the need for Washington to step in and mandate national regulations and guidelines for the Home Improvement Industry. This would insure that homeowners would be getting "qualified" people to work on their homes. windscreen replacement quote

  28. If you have business travel to London, you need to read this article. In this article you will discover why the London riots created a greater business travel threat than a terrorist attack. We will examine the threat posed by the London riots and demonstrations, terrorist attacks and resulting travel delays, disruptions and changes. At the end of this article, you will have a specific understanding of the required business travel management response and awareness as to why this will happen again. The London riots and demonstrations has resulted in one of the largest business travel disruptions of 2011. morocco desert tours




Related Posts with Thumbnails