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A horrific brain injury to a high school baseball player has renewed calls for a ban on metal bats in youth baseball. A 16-year-old pitcher from Marin County, California remains in a medically induced coma after he was hit in the head by ball estimated to be traveling at over 120 mph.
Concern surrounding metal bats and their potential to cause serious personal injury is nothing new. According to experts, metal baseball bats enable players to hit the ball 10 to 15 percent harder than with a wooden bat, increasing the risk of serious personal injury or even wrongful death. It is not hard to see why lighter aluminum bats are attractive to junior players, they are easier to swing and give players a better opportunity to hit home runs.
However, given that Major League Baseball has banned the use of metal bats in professional games, is it now time for all high school and amateur federations to follow suit?