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Metal Bat Ban Urged by California Lawmaker

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Yesterday I wrote about the controversy surrounding the use of metal bats and the debate over whether they are safe, particularly in youth baseball.

It now appears that bans against the use of metal bats at the high school level in California are gaining momentum. 

In the wake of the March 11 accident involving 16-year-old pitcher, Gunnar Sandberg, who was hit in the head with a baseball by a batter using an aluminum baseball bat and remains in critical condition in a coma in a San Francisco area hospital, a California assembleyman has introduced legislation that would impose a three-year ban on their use pending further studies on their safety.

In a separate development, the Marin County Athletic League voted unanimously on March 25th to suspend the use of metal bats at their 10 high schools for the remainder of the season, and the North Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation, may consider a ban when it meets in April.

Stay tuned for more developments.