The Science Behind Breaking Baseball Bats

From LiveScience:

The broken barrel of a maple bat whacked fan Susan Rhodes, 50, in the head as she sat four rows behind the visitors’ dugout at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on April 25. She didn’t see it coming. She suffered a concussion and the blow fractured her jaw in two places.

Broken bats are commonplace in baseball games, but the Rhodes incident along with similar injuries this year to a hitting coach and an umpire, are making people wonder: Has America’s pastime suddenly become a lot more dangerous and is the new trend in bat wood to blame?

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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The idea of hell was born of ignorance, brutality, fear, cowardice, and revenge. This idea testifies that our remote ancestors were the lowest beasts. Only from dens, lairs, and caves, only from mouths filled with cruel fangs, only from hearts of fear and hatred, only from the conscience of hunger and lust, only from the lowest and most debased could come this most cruel, heartless and bestial of all dogmas.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “The Great Infidels” (1881)