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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 (, and at
Moment of Science ( .
A really in-depth study of the physics, "Why Aluminum Bats Perform Better than Wood Bats", is available at


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Ted Mooney, P.E. - Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live Aloha

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

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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Ted Mooney, P.E. - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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