From the time young children are old enough to hold a baseball bat, many have wanted to be a part of America's great pastime. Baseball bats have been around since the game was created, and there are baseball museums that have collections of baseball bats owned and used by famous players.

When children start playing baseball, they use a plastic bat. Today plastic baseball bats are made for younger players and some even have names of teams or baseball players.

As children grow older and take play more seriously, they discover that they have to choose which bat to buy. Baseball bats come in many widths, lengths, and materials. A heavier bat gives the ball more momentum, but a heavier bat also means a less fast swing. Bats that are made of graphite or aluminum hit farther than baseball bats made of wood.

Players back baseball bats and many have their names on them. Baseball team logos are also depicted on baseball bats.

When aluminum bats were first introduced in the 1970s, batting averages increased 30 points and home run hits doubled. In the big leagues, hitters now use wooden bats instead of baseball bats made of lighter materials. They could switch to baseball bats made of aluminum or a lighter material, but it would significantly change today's home runs and traditional records and baseball legends wouldn't seem all that important.

If you want to buy a baseball bat, consider who will use it. Age and what league you're playing in is also a deciding factor. Little League bats can't be more than 2 1/4 inches in diameter or more than 33 inches long, for example. Adult leagues also have rules about baseball bats.

Speed ​​and control are the most important factors to consider when purchasing a baseball bat. Check the weight of the bat, if it is too heavy it will not work for you. When checking grip, fingertips should meet when closed around the handle.

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You are already excited to enter the diamond for your first game. You have your gloves, gloves, baseball bat, helmet, and buckets full of balls.