Assemblyman Jared Huffman introduced the bill when a 16-year-old player was badly injured after being hit by a line drive ball, from a metal bat. Huffman says those bats cause players to hit the ball harder, putting others at risk. The Senate Education Committee has approved his bill for a one year moratorium on metal bats in high school. Huffman says he’s heard from people all over the country.
"And the message that we have heard from these folks. The hyper performance of high tech metal baseball bats has gone too far. It is increasing the risk of serious injury and yes death.”
Huffman says the moratorium will give baseball officials the time to study the issue. Opponents argue that baseball is one of the safest sports. Rand Martin with Easton Bell sports, which designs and develops sports equipment, says the same injuries can result from wooden bats.
“So it’s not the difference between the speed. It’s really the protection of the pitcher.”
The bill heads next to the Senate floor.