A baseball bat is a piece of equipment used in a baseball game to hit the ball that’s being pitched. Most of us would know this by now, so let’s talk about the stuff that you might be wondering about, the fundamentals of what makes a baseball bat, well, a baseball bat!
Baseball bats are typically made of certain types of wood (i.e. bamboo, maple, and ash) or alloy metals (i.e. aluminum).
What is a Fungo Bat? This is a bat created for just practice, and best for the batter to be tossing up the ball into the air to hit the ball rather than have a pitcher.
Parts & Pieces
You can often find that bats come in different numbers of pieces, mainly one piece, two piece, and on the rare occasion, you’ll come across a three piece bat. A one piece bat, is one solid bat, but a two piece bat can be disconnected and re-attached at the point where a handle and a neck of the barrel meets. A three piece bats connects at the handle to the base of the neck, and the base of the barrel to the top of the neck.
The neck is usually considered to be a part of the barrel itself, you can find it where the barrel narrows down into the handle.
Other parts of a baseball bat:
Size, Weight and “Drop”
The weight of a bat is usually measured in ounces, with the size being measured in inches. What people refer to as the drop of the bat, is basically the numeral difference of the weight of the bat to the length size of the bat.
This simple calculation to find the drop of a bat can be written as: Bat Length INCH – Bat Weight OZ = Drop. For example, a bat with the length of 33 inches and the weight of 30 ounces would be a drop -3 as seen here: 33-30= -3. People use drops according to their preferences. The most common drop choice for a bat is drop -3, and many brands won’t add an extra label to a bat that is drop -3, as if it were to be considered the original weight model.
Here’s a video on how to choose a bat:
Rules and Regulations for Baseball Bats
- “The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2.61 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood.”