Government lab helps MLB battle broken-bat danger
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Major League Baseball has been trying to reduce the number of broken bats and the injuries that can come with them.
The league has an expert partner, too: After all, who knows wood better than the U.S. Forest Service?
The partnership seems to be working: Since the broken-bat issue reached its peak in the middle of the 2008 season, Forest Service researcher Dave Kretschmann says he has tracked an approximately 50 percent reduction in dangerous multiple-piece fractures.
Kretschmann says the main issue is getting batmakers to make sure the grain of the wood remains as close to perfectly straight as possible during the manufacturing process.