The rule book states that colored bats are illegal and a I read an article on the computer about that recently. I have seen many players in the MLB using red bats, I see Edgar Renteria of the Tigers using one all of the time, but yet colored bats are illegal . . . interesting.
Here is Edgar Renteria with his red bat
I just recently found out that you are able to use red bats if they have a brown base (whatever the heck that means). You may not use a color other than red such as blue or pink unless it has a brown colored base (which is impossible).
Why do they have that rule though? That is the question.
Does it affect the catcher's vision? Maybe it affects the umpire's vision as well. Maybe it distracts the pitcher. I haven't heard a reason from anybody for this rule - I think it would be sort of cool to see Ryan Howard going up to the plate with a neon pink bat.
I heard that there is an advantage of wearing bright, colored pads as a goalie in hockey, because it distracts the shooter and because it stands out so much, the shooter often hits the puck into the pads. Maybe it is the same way with a colored baseball bat.
Not the most interesting blog, I know, but it sort of caught my attention.