Maker of maple bats on board with MLB ban



TORONTO (AP) — The president of a Canadian bat company is embracing a Major League Baseball ban on the use of low-density maple bats by new players.

The change was included in the agreement between players and owners that was announced Tuesday, a deal that still needs formal ratification. Arlene Anderson, the president of the Ottawa-based Original Maple Bat Corporation, predicts the ban will have minimal impact on manufacturers.

Anderson told The Canadian Press on Wednesday her company welcomes the change.

Maple bats tend to break more easily than ash models, and when they do they often send large shards of wood flying in the air. Low-density models tend to shatter more often.

The ban would only apply to new major leaguers. Other players would be grandfathered and could continue using low-density bats if desired.