A baseball bat is used for hitting the ball, that has been thrown by the pitcher, in the game of baseball. The regulations in the American major leagues state that the bat must not exceed 2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter at any point and that it must be no more that 42 inches (106.7 cm) in length. The weight of the bat in not restricted, but they usually don’t weight more than 33 ounces (1 kg). If you have ever wanted to know what a baseball bat is made from, keep reading to find out.
What are baseball bats made of?
The rules of professional baseball state that the bat must be one piece of solid wood. The wood that is traditionally used for the construction of a baseball bat is ash. Recently, bats made from maple have made an appearance in the major leagues. They have become popular because maple is a harder wood than ash. However, the use of maple bats is controversial because they are prone to splintering. Other woods that are sometimes used to make baseball bats are hickory wood, and bamboo.
In amateur baseball both wood and metal bats are generally permitted. Metal bats may be made out of aluminum or as a composite of an aluminum outer shell and a graphite interior. These types of bats are popular because they are lighter to use and increase the hitting distance. Many youth baseball leagues use this type of bat.