If you have ever been to an MLB game, you will agree that there is no sound comparable to the crack of the bat. That rich sound has set baseball apart from every sport. It is nothing like the crash of football pads, the woosh of tennis rackets, or the smash of a basketball dunk. The crack of wooden bats against a baseball, represents one of the most challenging feats in all of sports; the home run. It is hard to imagine an MLB player like Miguel Cabrera or Giancarlo Stanton hitting their home runs to the pinging sound of an aluminum bat.
The memorable sound of wooden bats is one reason why they are superior to the aluminum bat, but there are plenty of other reasons to prefer the hard wood to the composite. Wooden bats offer a realistic evaluation of what kind of a hitter a baseball player really is. Although the aluminum bats are used almost exclusively at the youth, high school, and collegiate level, wooden bats are superior in nearly every way.
Durability of Wooden Bats
When it comes to durability, wooden bats and aluminum bats have relatively similar pros and cons. One of the biggest faults with aluminum bats is that they cannot be used in cold weather. And, by cold weather, we’re talking less than 65 degree Fahrenheit. This can be troublesome for baseball players who live in northern states where they could play in temperatures close to freezing. Wooden bats do not have any temperature limitations. They can be played in any weather.
Another issue with durability is the fact that wooden bats are slightly more likely to break that composite or aluminum bats. But, if you have ever talked to parents who have to buy aluminum bats for their children, many of them will complain about cracks and dents that appear after just a few hits. After spending $300 or more on a new composite bat, it is troublesome to notice a dent, chip, or crack after the first tournament. Wooden bats do break, but they are much less expensive to replace and they are less likely to chip, crack, or dent after one tournament. For the price of one aluminum bat, you can get three or four wooden bats.
Wooden Bats Show Off Real Power
Wooden bats do provide a true evaluation of the type of hitter a baseball player is. They are heavier than aluminum bats, so strength is a necessity. They also do not have the same “pop” that aluminum bats have, so hitters have to rely on their own abilities to hit hard and far. Aluminum bats are favored by so many young players because they can swing quickly and the ball goes far. Because the aluminum bats are so lightweight, hitters do not have to put as much force into their game to get the ball as far as they would with a wooden bat.
Aluminum bats have large barrels and big sweet spots. The added power comes from these two features as well as the bat speed that young players can generate. If MLB players used aluminum bats, the outfield fences would have to be moved back a significant distance. The larger size makes it easier to make contact with the ball. The design of the aluminum bat is all about energy, absorbing it and giving it right back to the ball. That “pop” of energy is what makes aluminum bats deliver long hits. Of course, hitting a long ball off of aluminum bat is pure joy, but hitting a long ball off of a wooden bat is even more significant.
Sticking with What Works
With the increased bat speed and home run numbers, an argument for aluminum bats in the big leagues seems like a no-brainer. But, wooden bats remain the standard. Baseball is not just about the actual game, it is a game of statistics and records. Switching to aluminum bats would require a complete overhaul of records and stats. Major League and Minor League baseball players are elite athletes who should not have to rely on the tools of the game to improve their skills. They should be able to get by with a wooden bat, a leather glove, and great pair of cleats. Their strength, power, and preparation are what sets them apart from the kid in Little League. The tradition of wooden bats in the Big Leagues makes a valid argument for younger players in high school and college to return to the traditional bat.
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