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What Happens If You Use Aluminum Bats in Cold Weather?

Effects

    Players will find that their aluminum bats develop more dents in cold weather. The reason for this is the baseballs are typically harder when the temperature dips to chilly levels.

Cracking

    Ballplayers should avoid storing an aluminum bat where the temperature can reach to very cold levels. Bats exposed to freezing temperatures for prolonged periods may crack.

Considerations

    Players who hit the ball and throw their bat as they run to first may notice the hardened ground causes many more abrasions and “dings” in the aluminum bat than occur when it is warm.

Prevention/Solution

    Players can offset the denting of an aluminum bats in cold weather by storing balls at room temperature rather than in the trunk of a car or inside a cold garage.

Fun Fact

    Products are available on the market that keep an aluminum bat warm on a cold day, eliminating the stinging sensation that occurs when a player hits a ball in cold weather.

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About the Author

John Lindell has written articles for "The Greyhound Review" and various other online publications. A Connecticut native, his work specializes in sports, fishing and nature. Lindell worked in greyhound racing for 25 years.

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