The Rhode Island teams in the American Legion Baseball league, the oldest nationwide youth program, is switching it’s players back from aluminum bats to wood.
“But Rhode Island is once again playing with wood, one of at least three states nationwide where the American Legion has mandated a switch from metal bats to the type used in Major League Baseball, in part to return the game to its purer origins.”
“…’There’s a lot of nostalgia using all wood,” said Jim Quinlan, national program coordinator for the American Legion league, which was founded in 1925 and counts the likes of Yogi Berra, Tom Brokaw and Dick Cheney as alumni. “Baseball people are hard-core traditionalists. The old-time coaches love that old wooden bat. They say it teaches the kids to be a better hitter.’
“…The debate over wood versus metal is long running. Metal bats are lighter weight and cost more – some run several hundred dollars, while wood ones are