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Batter Up: The Reason Why Aluminum Bats Aren't Allowed in MLB

Batter Up: The Reason Why Aluminum Bats Aren't Allowed in MLB

But there’s one piece of equipment some players will opt for that won’t be seen in any Major League Baseball (MLB) game—an aluminum bat. When aluminum bats were first introduced in the 1970s, NCAA teams saw batting averages go up 20 points; home runs doubled. If aluminum and other metal bats were allowed, observers believe the technology would supersede player talent. “We once had a couple aluminum bats around the big-league batting cage,” Cal Ripken Jr. told The Baltimore Sun in 2018. (A bat’s weight depends on its length, but generally, aluminum bats are around 5 ounces lighter.)

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