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2011 College Baseball Season Will Feature New Bats, Less Runs

Published by on January 4, 2011

If you go to a college baseball game this year, you will immediately be able to tell a difference from years past. There will be no ping sound when a ball hits a bat and there will most likely be a lot less hits, particularly home runs.

That is because the NCAA has implemented the Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR), a system which regulates the speed of a baseball coming off a bat. The BBCOR will force college teams to use a new type of aluminum bat that reduces the speed of which the ball reflects off of it. The new bats will still look like the previous ones, but will act more like wood instead of metal.

College baseball's popularity has never been higher, and a large part of that is due to the high scores that occur in the college level that don't happen very often in professional baseball, where full wooden bats are used. The key behind the offensive numbers are the the aluminum bats which let the ball travel farther than it would from a wooden bat.

So the idea that the NCAA would want to reduce one of the main selling points of college baseball is somewhat surprisin...

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