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California May Look to Ban Metal Bats in High School Baseball

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From KGO in San Francisco: The debate over aluminum baseball bats is headed to the state capital. Bay Area Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, announced on Tuesday he is drafting a bill that would ban the use of non-wood bats in high schools, but the effort to make the game safer could strike out.

The line drive that put Marin Catholic High pitcher Gunnar Sandberg (pictured) in a coma has one state lawmaker wanting to throw out non-wood bats from high school baseball.

"This is not a rare situation, it happens all over the country, all over the state. It's time to do something about it," says Huffman.

Huffman, who represents Gunnar's district in Marin County, says lightweight composite bats have dramatically increased the speed of the ball.

"I think it's time to have the debate. We've got to look at young people who are 60 feet away from an aluminum bat, sending a line drive in their direction, and ask ourselves 'Is this safe?'" says Huffman.