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What are the Different Types of Baseball Bats?

Malcolm Tatum
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Updated May 23, 2024
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At one time, baseball bats were all manufactured out of some type of hard wood, but this is no longer the case. Today, there are actually several different types of baseball bats in common use. Which ones are used most often depends on official specifications that govern the equipment that is considered the standard for all teams associated with a given league and the divisions that make up the league. This means that different bats will be in common use in a minor or amateur league that would not be allowed in a major league game.

In spite of the proliferation of differences in the bats used today, the old fashioned wooden baseball bat still tends to be the most common of all types. At one time, hickory bats were the most common variety. While providing a great deal of durability, hickory is also among the heaviest woods used to make bats.

Currently, white ash is often the wood of choice for most baseball bats, since the wood is sturdy and resists cracking under pressure. White ash also produces a bat that is light enough to allow the batter to achieve a swing of adequate speed and force, but not so light that it makes hitting a baseball out of the park an easy task. Along with white ash bats, maple is also a popular option, although this wood tends to cost a little more.

The aluminum baseball bat is of more recent vintage than wooden bats. First produced in the 1970s, aluminum quickly gained supporters, mainly due to the fact that these baseball bats are lightweight but also extremely durable. In the early years, it soon became apparent that the aluminum bat made it very easy to hit the ball great distances. The major leagues discontinued their use, mainly in order to prevent rendering previous records set with the heavier wooden bats irrelevant. Some amateur and minor leagues allow the metal bats, however, although the usage is not universal by any means.

Other designs for baseball bats have appeared over the years. The so-called Baum Bat of the early 1990s attempted to create a transition bat that would help a minor league player who is picked for a major league team to make the transition from lighter bats to a heavier wooden model. A few companies have produced and attempted to market a bat made from billets of bamboo. Ones composed of various of hardwoods continue to be the types of baseball bats favored by the majority of players across the board, however.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including Sports n' Hobbies, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By Drentel — On Jan 12, 2014

Sporkasia - I prefer the sound of wood bat, too, but aluminum does serve a purpose. Wood bats break, and they aren't cheap. Major League teams can afford to buy all the bats they need, but the expense is harder on college teams and youth teams. If it were not for metal bats, many of the small youth leagues would not exist.

By Sporkasia — On Jan 11, 2014

I prefer the sound of a wood bat connecting with a baseball over the ping sound of the aluminum bat. I think everyone should use wood bats. It bothers me when I see all the metal kids baseball bats in the stores. Bring back the wood.

By Animandel — On Jan 10, 2014
@Drentel: Can you imagine what Major League hitters would be able to do with aluminum bats? I bet Barry Bonds would have hit a thousand home runs.

I sometimes watch college games, and all the bats are aluminum or some type of metal and there is a big difference between those bats and professional baseball bats. In a college game, a normal routine pop out can end up over the fence.

By Drentel — On Jan 09, 2014

I was surprised to read that aluminum baseball bats were once used in the Major Leagues. I guess I wasn't watching closely during the early 70s.

Malcolm Tatum
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Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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