|Saw an interesting USA Today story yesterday regarding the maple bat controversy. There is a portable CT scanner that will soon be made available to major league teams. Apparently the device can “x-ray” a bat and detect flaws in the wood that the human eye misses. The idea is that defective bats could be identified in advance so players won’t use them in a game.Who knows how many teams might invest in one of these scanners (maybe MLB should require them). All I know is I get to watch a lot of games covering the A’s on a daily basis, and it’s scary how many bats are shattering and hurling everywhere _ toward players on the field, toward fans, toward players in the dugouts. What’s most dangerous are the shattered bats that fly directly toward the pitcher’s mound. It’s the pitchers who are closest to the batter, and probably in the worst position possible to defend themselves, depending on how off-balance guys are in their follow-through.
It’s amazing to me how infielders are able to side-step a shattered bat and field a grounder all in the same sequence. Not exactly a skill they teach in Little League.