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aluminum vs wood

            Aluminum bats should be outlawed in college and should never be allowed in the Major Leagues for the protection of the players and the game. I have played baseball my entire life up until last year, and I know what it is like to be in a situation where I could have been greatly injured. I used to pitch, and there have been many times when I have thrown a batter a ball that I left out over the plate and he has hit it right back at me. Balls can come off of an aluminum bat at speeds up to one hundred and thirteen mph (Laforet 5). The time you have to react after the ball is hit is a split second and that is not enough time for many players to react. You have to decide in that moment to try and get your glove up or get out of the way. I have had a third baseman on my team get his teeth knocked out and his nose broken by a hard hit ball, and this is from high school and little league players who have not developed as hitters yet. Just imagine what it would be like for college players, or even the pros.
             Baseball players from the youngest leagues up through college use aluminum bats. Professional players have to use wooden bats. "Most people believe aluminum bats outperform wood," states Crisco, associate professor at Brown medical school (Spot 9). As baseball players improve and the balls come off of the bats with greater speed, there is a higher chance of serious injuries. By regulating the types of bats used from the college level of baseball, some serious injuries could be prevented. .
             Baseball has been one of our favorite sports for more than a century. In the early days of baseball, players bought bats from local woodturners or made their own, so bats were all different sizes and weights. A lot of changes were made in the first six years baseball was played, and many of them had to do with the new bats that were being invented. The first known custom-made baseball bat was made in eighteen eighty four by John "Bud" Hillerich, a young apprentice in his father's woodturning shop in Lousiville, Kentucky.

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