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Council Votes to Ban Metal Bats at NYC High Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Thursday, 15 March 2007 07:00

Metal vs. Wooden BatsThe NY City Council yesterday voted 40-6 to ban the use of metal bats at all high school teams citywide. The measure was supported by those that feel that the game will be slowed down, and therefore make it safer. Opponents of the measure, including Little League and bat manufactures say there is no evidence to prove that metal bats pose any more of a danger than wooden bats.

It is unknown whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg will veto or sign the bill into law. As reported by the AP:

Councilman Lewis Fidler, one of the bill's co-sponsors, said Wednesday that by passing this law, "we'll never know whose child was saved from a coma, or from worse.''

"For those who have doubt about it - if you're going to have doubts, you err on the side of kids,'' he said.

In 2005, an American Legion Baseball study found no substantial scientific proof to support the argument that wooden bats are safer than metal bats, which have been in use since the early 1970s.

Among the no voters was Councilman Tony Avella, who said he had not seen any evidence that metal bats are not as safe.

"Sometimes you do have to have the facts to back up the argument, and the statistics are simply not there,'' he said.



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