Ash Bat

This whole thing with maple bats verses white ash, what's your take on each verses the safety factor?

As you all know a player came pretty close to getting killed he other day because of these maple bats that tend to shatter much easier than white ash. Players say that regardless of any safety factor, maple makes the ball go further with less concussion on the hands. But is it really worth the risk?

Now that we've had a serious injury to a player who has been struck by a broken maple bat, I think change will come soon. We don't normally make changes to prevent something serious from happening- we usually react to an event by removing the unsafe element of the equation. In this case, it's the maple bat. The nature of maple causes it to break differently than ash, which is why you see so many of the bats shatter without showing any prior signs of damage. Ash bats will crack first, giving the player the feedback needed to put the bat away before it shatters. Maple does not- it microfractures without losing its integrity, until it just shatters in a batter's hands. If they could make a metal bat that does not outperform wood, I would be in favor of seeing them use that. We won't see baseball move away from wooden bats in our lifetime, though.

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Rawlings Adult Hard Ash Wood Bat 32
Rawlings Adult Hard Ash Wood Bat 32
$31.00
Rawlings Adult Hard Ash Wood Bat 34
Rawlings Adult Hard Ash Wood Bat 34
$29.00
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat Black 33 inch 30 oz
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat Black 33 inch 30 oz
$33.54
Louisville Slugger Legacy S5 Ash Natural C271 Baseball Bat WTLW5A271A1632 32
Louisville Slugger Legacy S5 Ash Natural C271 Baseball Bat WTLW5A271A1632 32
$59.95
Easton Pro 271 32 29 oz Adult Ash Wood Baseball Bat A111239
Easton Pro 271 32 29 oz Adult Ash Wood Baseball Bat A111239
$59.95
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 34 inch 31 oz Natu
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 34 inch 31 oz Natu
$24.29
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 34 inch 31 oz
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 34 inch 31 oz
$25.73
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 32 inch 29 oz
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 32 inch 29 oz
$38.39
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 34 inch 31 oz
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 34 inch 31 oz
$37.62
MELVIN UPTON game issued Louisville Slugger Model JR45 Ash Baseball Bat 34 315
MELVIN UPTON game issued Louisville Slugger Model JR45 Ash Baseball Bat 34 315
$65.00
Louisville Slugger WTLW5A110A16 33 Legacy Ash M110 Wood Baseball Bat
Louisville Slugger WTLW5A110A16 33 Legacy Ash M110 Wood Baseball Bat
$49.99
Rawlings Big Stick Mauer Bone and Burn Ash Baseball Bat 34 Inch
Rawlings Big Stick Mauer Bone and Burn Ash Baseball Bat 34 Inch
$49.00
S3 Ash Balncd neg3 Wood Bat32 by Easton The S3 Ash Balanced 3 Wood bat feat
S3 Ash Balncd neg3 Wood Bat32 by Easton The S3 Ash Balanced 3 Wood bat feat
$53.20
Old Hickory OH141 Ash Wood Baseball Bat 34 325 oz DIAMOND SERIES
Old Hickory OH141 Ash Wood Baseball Bat 34 325 oz DIAMOND SERIES
$89.99
335 in New Old Hickory Gunstock Diamond Series Ash Bat Model DS43
335 in New Old Hickory Gunstock Diamond Series Ash Bat Model DS43
$65.00
New BWP 34 inch Pro Ash JG13 model baseball bat
New BWP 34 inch Pro Ash JG13 model baseball bat
$69.00
Pair of 34 inch Rawlings minor league model 271 and 243 Ash baseball bats
Pair of 34 inch Rawlings minor league model 271 and 243 Ash baseball bats
$119.99
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 33 inch 30 oz
Louisville Slugger Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat 33 inch 30 oz
$33.52
Easton North American Ash Wood Baseball Bat B2000
Easton North American Ash Wood Baseball Bat B2000
$37.95
Rawlings Major League Ash Wood PAXXX Baseball Bat 34 inch
Rawlings Major League Ash Wood PAXXX Baseball Bat 34 inch
$39.99
Rawlings Major League Ash Wood PAXXX Baseball Bat 335 inch
Rawlings Major League Ash Wood PAXXX Baseball Bat 335 inch
$59.99
2017 SSK Professional Edge 37 Ash Fungo Wood Baseball Bat Black Orange
2017 SSK Professional Edge 37 Ash Fungo Wood Baseball Bat Black Orange
$69.99
Rawlings Professional Matte Ash Wood PROAI13 Baseball Bat 34 inch
Rawlings Professional Matte Ash Wood PROAI13 Baseball Bat 34 inch
$59.99
Rawlings Professional Ash Wood PROAJM77 Baseball Bat 33 inch
Rawlings Professional Ash Wood PROAJM77 Baseball Bat 33 inch
$59.99
Rawlings Professional Ash Wood PROA155 Baseball Bat 33 inch
Rawlings Professional Ash Wood PROA155 Baseball Bat 33 inch
$59.99
Rawlings R271VG 31 28 Guaranteed Minus 3 Ash C271 Velo Wood Baseball Bat
Rawlings R271VG 31 28 Guaranteed Minus 3 Ash C271 Velo Wood Baseball Bat
$28.55
Louisville Slugger Legacy S5 Ash Natural C271 Baseball Bat WTLW5A271A16 33
Louisville Slugger Legacy S5 Ash Natural C271 Baseball Bat WTLW5A271A16 33
$59.95
Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat New 33 inch 30 Ounces Natural finish
Genuine Series 3X Ash Mixed Baseball Bat New 33 inch 30 Ounces Natural finish
$42.96


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