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Bats affecting the ball games

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There were more cancellations Tuesday from high school games to Notre Dame at Michigan State baseball.  When temps in the 30's hang around it makes it miserable for everybody.  But freezing fingers and toes aren't the only consideration.  In softball and baseball, bats have evolved through the years.  Not only are the good ones much more expensive, but they are also vulnerable.

Elkhart Central Coach Steve Stutsman said that baseball is a game that should be played in the 70's and 80's.   And it's not just the high schools, The Notre Dame softball team canceled a big game with Florida State Monday night and the baseball team was supposed to play in East Lansing Tuesday.   Sometimes it doesn't make sense.
Notre Dame baseball coach Mik Aoki there comes a time that it's just too cold and it's just survival.


Besides the long johns and extra batting gloves, new bats are a reason to stay inside.  A rep from ND softball told me,  "Those bats, can dent, even break, in extremely cold weather".  Wawasee assistant Athletic Director Cory Schutz told me,  There are a number of items that are taken into consideration when postponing games or moving practice inside...bats are definitely one of them."  Fairfield AD Mark Hofer agreed saying it influences how they use newer bats in practice.


Composite bats for softball have given more pop in recent years, but they're also a big bang for the buck.  Dick'sSportingGoods.com has an Easton for $349.  Demarini for $299.  Worth and Louisville Slugger for $299.  And when you check the warning on the Warranty they say under 60 degrees these bats can dent. 

If a bat gets a dent the umpires won't allow it to be used, so it's really useless.  It's actually illegal and the umpires will throw it out. 


Lakeshore AD Greg Younger said he was just joking about it to his coach yesterday saying,  "You can't go outside or it will nullify the $4,000 worth of bats the kids have on the bat rack!".  Meaning that the warranty is no good if the bats are used under 50 degrees. 

Yes, the temperatures are definitely a factor in deciding whether or not to postpone a game".
And if you think buying a cotraption to warm the bat is a good idea, think again.  According to Jason Wille of the IHSAA, Rule 1-3-5 of the NFHS Baseball Rule Book says:
"No artificial or intentional means shall be used to control the temperature of a bat."  The same goes for softball. 


So when it's cold.  It's not just the ears and a hat taken into consideration.  It might just be the ball hurting that bat.

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