What Happens If You Use Aluminum Bats in Cold Weather?

By John Lindell

Any ballplayer that has used an aluminum bat on a cold day can tell you that there is such a thing as “bees in the bat.” This stinging feeling and the fact that aluminum bats can absorb some punishment in the cold are reasons why some players avoid them when the mercury is low.

Effects

Players will find that their aluminum bats develop more dents in cold weather. The reason for this is the baseballs are typically harder when the temperature dips to chilly levels.

Cracking

Ballplayers should avoid storing an aluminum bat where the temperature can reach to very cold levels. Bats exposed to freezing temperatures for prolonged periods may crack.

Considerations

Players who hit the ball and throw their bat as they run to first may notice the hardened ground causes many more abrasions and “dings” in the aluminum bat than occur when it is warm.

Prevention/Solution

Players can offset the denting of an aluminum bats in cold weather by storing balls at room temperature rather than in the trunk of a car or inside a cold garage.

Fun Fact

Products are available on the market that keep an aluminum bat warm on a cold day, eliminating the stinging sensation that occurs when a player hits a ball in cold weather.

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