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Which hit farther: wood bats or aluminum bats?


Author's Note

One of the arguments for aluminum bats is that they cost less to own, primarily because they don't break. But what about environmental costs? I wonder which bat-making process has a lower carbon footprint? Might make an interesting sidebar to the controversy.

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