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Published March 20, 2012, 10:15 PM

Big changes coming to Minnesota high school baseball

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Our warm weather is coming at the perfect time for spring sports. The Moorhead High Baseball team started practice, but this year there is a new piece of equipment that'll make it safer for players. It may also change the game.

Our warm weather is coming at the perfect time for spring sports. The Moorhead High Baseball team started practice, but this year there is a new piece of equipment that'll make it safer for players. It may also change the game.

It's the first day of practice for the Moorhead High baseball team. This year will bring changes to the game in Minnesota: a different type of bat. They're called a BB Core and it makes the aluminum bats more like wooden bats. It's all in an effort to make the game safer.

Gary Salvevold – MHS Baseball Coach: “The real benefit is in regards to a comeback to a pitcher, better reaction time that a player will have from a ball coming off a BB core bat.”

Brett Danielson – MHS Pitcher: “I got hit when I was younger; I saw it, couldn't move in time and had to sit out a week with a bruise on my arm. Reaction time, some of them you can’t move, even if you want to. This year will be a little slower. It should help out some.”

Besides safety, it will also change the way the game is played.

Gary Salvevold: “I think teams are going to look at and maybe bring small ball back into it, bunting a little more.”

Last year when colleges adopted the new bat homeruns dropped by 50% and batting averages dropped 100 points.

Aaron Wilmer – MHS Centerfielder: “The sweet spot’s much smaller and it’s going to be a good pitchers game this year.”

The hitters should expect to be challenged.

Brett Danielson: “You will be a little more aggressive because you don't have to worry as much about giving up homeruns. I mean, last year they could get jammed and you would still hit a homerun. This year you're not going to be able to get jammed and hit a homerun, you're going to have to get it good.”

These new BB Core bats can cost about $300 a piece, but in the long run they'll pay for themselves.

Gary Salvevold: “Wood bats can cost you $60-$80 a pop. You could be jammed and break the bat in one at bat and there's all your money.”

You can chalk this one up to a new technology, taking America’s past time back to an earlier day. North Dakota switched to wooden bats last year instead to the new aluminum ones.

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