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May 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Bat doctoring in prep baseball

Recently I saw this story at ESPNRise.com and I wanted to pass it along. Turns out officials in California are concerned about high-school baseball players using doctored aluminum bats.

In fact, there is a website that will doctor your bat for you for as low as $40.

Apparently the issue is big enough that the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section sent out a letter to area athletics directors and baseball coaches to increase awareness.

The article suggests the doctoring techniques — referred to as shaving and rolling — originated at the club baseball level and is just starting to affect high-school competition.

There are two common types of alterations made to aluminum bats; bat shaving, in which a machine is used to thin the walls of the bat, and bat rolling, which stretches the fiber of the bat to create a “trampoline-like effect” on contact.

Both methods are difficult to detect. To hide bat shaving, the handle is doctored to meet the minus-3 length/weight differential outlined in the national federation rule book.

The mandatory punishment for using a doctored bat is ejection from the game. Further discipline is in the hands of the coaches — a couple of which voiced concern in the article.

What do you think? How much of a concern are doctored bats at the high-school level? And what should be done about it?

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