Major League Baseball has said it can't fix the shattered bat problem by simply banning maple bats in reaction to Tyler Colvin's hospitalization after being hit by a piece of Welington Castillo's bat on Sunday.
"People say ban maple bats," MLB executive vice president of labor relations Ron Manfred told the Chicago Tribune 's Phil Rogers . "We couldn't play if we banned maple bats. There's not enough ash available. If you banned maple, you'd find there's not enough high-quality ash available. We're dealing with an ash blight in the United States."
Manfred told Rogers that MLB hopes to increase safety requirements for 2011. MLB has put in restrictions before each of the last two seasons on bats. For 2011, MLB will look to make handles thicker and barrels thinner, but will need approval from the players' association.
According to Manfred, the "multiple-piece fractures" have declined 30 percent from 2008 to 2009 and an additional 15 percent this season.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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