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Take Me out on a Stretcher: The Dangers of Aluminum Bats in Baseball

Published by on April 17, 2012

*This is my article from Moraine Valley Community College's newspaper the Glacier. This article won first place in the Illinois Community College Journalism Association spring conference.

America’s pastime is turning into a deadly game of life and death. Young ballplayers have been experiencing horrific injuries such as broken jaws, fractured skulls, comas and even death due to the use of aluminum baseball bats.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA) adopted new standards for aluminum bats a few years ago. The standards state that aluminum bats have to have a diameter of 2 5/8" and a weight-length differential of three. Despite the recent changes the NFSHSA has made, the aluminum bats are still a serious safety hazard. That is why I believe aluminum bats should be banned from high school and college baseball.

The reason why high schools and colleges use aluminum bats over wood is to cut the costs of purchasing new wood bats when they break. Aluminum bats are more durable and don&rs...

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