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College Baseball: New Bats For 2011 Season, What Is The Impact?

Published by on January 5, 2011

Starting this upcoming season, there will be new bat standards that are expected to dramatically change the game in terms of offensive production. That sharp "ping" that you hear from aluminum bats hitting the ball that just screams “kids playing good ole baseball” will be replaced by the much duller sound of an aluminum bat hitting an old softball. These new metal bats are engineered to react like a wooden bat when the barrel of the bat makes contact with the baseball.

According to the Baseball America's Bat Guide, the BESR standard was the first major standard used to design the metal bats to control its performance. The goal was to make them perform more like wood bats. Its performance is based on testing that measures the speed of the baseball coming of the barrel of the bat. These are the same testing methods that the NCAA had developed following the 1998 season. The NCAA also required all bats to be tested to meet the standard during the 2000 season.

One of the main reasons behind the change is to try to regulate the scoring and keep games close and more of a pitchers ...

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