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Metal Baseball Bats vs Wooden Baseball Bats


Q. Hey, I am doing a essay on metal bats and the causes that it has with major league players using them when the pitchers are throwing so fast. I need a ton of information on this so if you can help that will be excellent.

Adam H [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Hanover, Pennsylvania

A. Hi Adam.

There are some good responses to this question at the
Physics Archive (https://www.anl.gov/education/learning-center/classroom-resources), and at
Moment of Science (https://indianapublicmedia.org/amomentofscience/play-ball-aluminum-vs-wooden-baseball-bats) .
A really in-depth study of the physics, "Why Aluminum Bats Perform Better than Wood Bats", is available at www.kettering.edu/~drussell/bats.html.


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Ed. note 2020: All three of those links are now broken, but the "Why Aluminum Bats Perform Better than Wood Bats" article, is now available at https://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/alumwood.html

September 9, 2008

Q. My child wants to do a research paper on the subject of wood bats vs. metal bats, and whether the metal bat should be banned. I need to know if there are any books on the subject that can be used as a reference. The internet alone is not enough for this teacher.

Karol Joslyn
parent - Plymouth, Wisconsin, US

A. Hi Karol. Kudos to that teacher! A problem with the internet is that it finds the answers without the student needing to understand the question, and that's a very bad study habit to re-inforce :-(

But the above-mentioned article has an excellent bibliography including a couple of books and a bunch of respected journals. And, of course, learning how to help people with questions like this is the reason librarians go to school :-)
Good luck!


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