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Why Hasn't Baseball Banned Metal Bats Yet?

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KENTFIELD, Calif. --- Let me get this straight. This country can pass health care reform, but it can't ban the metal bat? How many more kids -- like 16 year old Gunnar Sandberg -- have to get blasted in the head before parents and coaches finally have enough? 

How much research must we conduct before admitting a pitcher simply doesn't have enough reaction time to see a line drive coming off a metal bat -- and finally declare them unsafe? Actually, the studies have been done, and it's already been proven. (Bat manufacturers balk at such suggestions.)

All this research didn't help Sandberg, who now clings to life in a hospital bed after he was drilled in the head on March 11. He was pitching for Marin Catholic High School in a practice game against Concord's De La Salle when he was struck by a batted ball.

Doctors put him into a medically induced coma, but they haven't seen any progress.

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Marin Catholic's principal Chris Valdez says players on the school team will switch to wooden bats for the rest of the season. While Valdez is at least trying to do something, his move is one pitch too late. And it won't stop opponents from using these metal weapons against his own students.

If recent history is any indication, little leagues, high schools and colleges will go right on using metal bats.

So stay tuned for the next tragedy.