The "ping" of aluminum bats has long bothered baseball purists, who prefer the satisfying "crack" of real wood. Now one Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to ban aluminum bats from Little League play altogether.
Democratic state Rep. Mike Carroll of Scranton is also a Little League coach who says metal bats make the game more dangerous for young players. New York City Council has adopted a similar ban for high school games. New Jersey is considering one, too.
But Little League Baseball and bat makers say metal bats are safe.