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Baseball bat debate could be easy pitch

THREE THUMBS up for the Globe's recent coverage of the debate surrounding the dangers of metal baseball bats.

Your Aug. 23 editorial "Swinging for safety" was excellent; your Aug. 24 City & Region story about the Public Health Committee's hearing at the State House ("Youth bat debate steps up to plate") was accurate and balanced; and the Globe West piece on baseball bat tester James Sherwood ("At bat: baseball's tech arm," Aug. 24) was most informative.

After all this reading, though, I still have two questions:

If a baseball hit off the handle or shaft of an aluminum bat is capable of killing a pitcher, but a ball hit off the same location of a wooden bat can cause no more damage than a broken bat, wouldn't that fact alone make a metal bat more dangerous than a wooden one?

Wouldn't it be better to have a cracked bat than a cracked skull?
RICHARD A. CAREY, Needham

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