Today and tonight I've been watching the NCAA College Baseball Super Regionals, I did some thinking. The games have been pretty good. But, recently I read this story about aluminum bats in college baseball. In the article it talked about how maybe it's time to get rid of aluminum bats and start using wooden bats in the college game. So throughout the afternoon games and in this first night game I've been thinking of some pros and cons of using wood bats.
Easier time scouting players. With the use of aluminum bats players statistics are pretty inflated. ERA's and batting averages are inflated with the usage of aluminum bats. Using a wooden bat would make a scouts job much easier. It's tough to judge how a guys inflated aluminum bat numbers are going to translate into the minors using wooden bats.
Chances of injury are decreased. Balls hit by aluminum bats usually have a lot more velocity and players have to have relatively quicker reaction times. And sometimes that doesn't go so well. Guys can get hit by the ball after its been hit(just like the wooden bat game) but, the injuries could be less severe with wooden bats.
Expense. One of the biggest cons that I thought of using wooden bats is that it would cost the universities a lot of money. With aluminum bats the universities generally only have to buy about 25-30 bats(that's just a best guess on my part). But, with wooden bats universities would have to buy several hundred(once again just a best guess) bats, because of broken bats that happen.
A general decrease in fan interest. When you watch college baseball it's usually expected that you're going to see quite a bit of offense. However, using wooden bats would decrease the level of offense in games. Generally the students that go to college baseball games don't want to sit through 2-3 pitcher duels, unless they're a fan of the game. I'm not saying that offensive outbursts don't happen with wooden bats but, the aluminum bats make that much more possible.
To wrap this up wooden bats are used in summer leagues that college players participate in and, scouts can see pitcher and hitters numbers with wooden bats. The cost argument is the number one reason why college baseball will never adopt the use of wooden bats. Plus the little differences are what make college baseball and professional baseball different. If college baseball were to start using wooden bats it would basically turn into under-glamorized minor league baseball. Your thoughts?