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I’ve had it with wood vs. non-wood bats and this will be on the 3/27 show!

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2 Responses to “I’ve had it with wood vs. non-wood bats and this will be on the 3/27 show!”


  1. March 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    This article came to me and i want to use it to open up the age-old can of worms regarding wood vs non-wood bats and let’s hope we can shelf this once and for all.

    Copyright 2010 Marin Independent Journal, a MediaNews Group publication
    All Rights Reserved
    Marin Independent Journal (California)

    March 19, 2010 Friday

    SECTION: OPINION; Editorials

    HEADLINE: Editorial: Scary head injury another reason to ban nonwood bats

    BYLINE: Staff Report

    GUNNAR SANDBERG remains in a medically induced coma after being struck on the head by a baseball last week at Marin Catholic.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. We join his family and all his friends, teammates, coaches and fans in hoping the 16-year-old pitcher makes a full recovery.

    We also hope this tragedy results in local athletic leaders taking swift action to ban metal and other nonwood bats in high school sports.

    Gunnar was pitching in a scrimmage on March 11 when he was hit in the head. He had no time to react to the line drive off the metal bat.

    He was conscious, but the next day swelling in his brain resulted in emergency surgery; a piece of his skull was removed to reduce pressure on his brain.

    Gunnar is lucky to be alive. Other high school and Little League pitchers who were struck by line drives off aluminum bats have not been so fortunate. Dozens have died over the past several decades.

    The baseball that hit Gunnar was estimated to be traveling at far more than 100 mph. The distance between the pitcher’s mound and the plate is 60 feet, 6 inches, and a pitcher is several feet closer to the batter when he releases the ball. Pitchers are even closer in softball and also at risk.

    Concern over the danger posed by balls hit by nonwood bats is nothing new.

    New York City banned nonwood bats in high school sports in 2007, following the example of North Dakota.

    Major League Baseball has never allowed nonwood bats.

    Using only wood bats will not eliminate all such injuries in high school baseball. The game, like so many competitive sports, involves inherent risks that are impossible to completely eliminate. Wood bats also are more expensive because they don’t last as long.

    But if something can be done to make this all-American sport safer, to prevent young athletes from needlessly dying or being seriously injured, we must take action.

    “We need to make this game safer for the players,” said Bjorn Sandberg, Gunnar’s father. “These new bats are too powerful. They’re like weapons.”

    We agree.

    We were pleased to see that the Marin Catholic and Drake High baseball teams agreed to play with wood bats on Tuesday. In a scene seemingly out of the “The Natural,” Tyler Scott used a wood bat to hit an emotional walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to give Marin Catholic a 3-2 win.

    That was a good first step.

    We encourage local high schools to take the logical next step.

    The Marin County Athletic League board should ban nonwood bats during the rest of league play this season.

    Despite the fact Gunnar Sandberg remains in a coma, MCAL directors apparently are waiting until a regularly scheduled meeting next week to discuss this issue. We urge them to make this a priority.

    We also urge California Interscholastic Federation and national high school sports leaders to consider banning nonwood bats.

    Precious time is being wasted. More games are being played.

  2. March 20, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Should non-wood bats (Aluminum, Composite, etc) be banned and should wood bats take their place?

    I say NO!!!! However I won’t tell you my reasoning until the radio show so let me hear what you have to say on the topic.

    Is there really a difference between wood and aluminum bats? Do wood bats, because they break, ultimately increase the costs associated with baseball? Are wood bats really safer for protecting pitchers?

    Coach Tony


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