Maple bats banned in minor leagues

Updated: March 1, 2010, 8:48 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Many maple bats will be banned in the minor leagues this season, part of Major League Baseball's push to stop shattered shards of wood from flying dangerously through the air.

New regulations will prohibit bats made from ultra-light maple. The low-density wood often is found in bats with big barrels and thin handles, creating a whip-like action when swung.

Softer red maple and silver maple -- not commonly used -- will be completely eliminated by the 30-plus companies approved ...

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