An average of about .8 bats per game have broken this season compared to about one bat per game last season, said Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball. Under baseball's count, a broken bat is considered one that has broken into two or more pieces.
Why are aluminum bats not used in Major League Baseball?
In addition, the hardness and resilience of aluminum can result in much greater speeds when the ball comes off the bat. Major league baseball has required that its players use wooden bats, but the aluminum bat has come to dominate the lower levels of baseball, from Little League to the college game.
What part of a wood bat do you hit with?
The reason you hear “hit with the label up” or “hit with the label down” is because that will put your wood baseball bat in the correct place to hit the baseball on the side of the bat where the grains are straight and the strongest. So take your swing but stop at the contact point.