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    The baseball bat is one of the familiar instruments in the game of baseball. A smooth club made of either wood or metal, its function in the game is to hit the ball after the pitcher has thrown it.

    As to how big is a baseball bat, it has a diameter of not more than 2.75 inches at its thickest part, and has a length of not more than 42 in (1067 millimeters). It usually weighs not more than 1 kilogram (33 ounces).

    The fungo bat is a type of baseball bat used for practice by baseball and softball coaches. It usually ranges in length from 35-37 in (89-94 centimeters) and weighs 480-620 grams (17-22 oz).

    A slang term that is sometimes used to refer to a baseball bat is “lumber,” but that is not to say that just about any piece of wood can be used to play baseball. More than just a stick, the bat’s intricate design actually serves a purpose. It is meticulously constructed in such a way as to enable a quick and balanced swing, and provide power at the same time.

    A baseball bat is divided into a number of sections. The barrel is the thick portion of the bat that is intended for hitting the ball. The so-called sweet spot is the portion of the barrel that is the best for striking the ball, in accordance to swinging style and construction. The barrel’s end is simply the end or tip of the bat.

    The narrow part of the barrel is the handle, which is made very thin to enable the batter to set the baseball bat comfortably in his fingers. Occasionally, a cloth or rubber grip is wrapped around the handle (especially if the bat is made of metal). The wide round piece at the tip of the handle is the knob, which prevents the bat from slipping out of the batter’s hands.

    The bat drop is the baseball bat’s weight in ounces subtracted from its weight in inches. For instance, a bat weighing 30 ounces and measures 33 inches in length (30-3) has a bat drop of -3. While bats with bigger bat drops increase the swing speed, those with smaller ones provide more power.

    According to the rules of American Major League Baseball, the baseball bat should be a smooth and round stick measuring a diameter of no more than 2 3/4 inches at its thickest part, and a length of no more than 42 inches.

    While amateur baseball permits baseball bats made of either wood or metal alloy (usually aluminum), major league rules dictate that the bat should only be a single piece made out of solid wood. It is forbidden for a bat to be hollowed or corked (filling a bat with a foreign substance, like a cork, to reduce its weight). Of course, the supposed effect of corking on batting speed has already been disproved.

    According to high school baseball rules in the US, a baseball bat should not have a diameter of more than 2 5/8 in (67 mm), and its bat drop should not be more than 3. The bat should also be made of safe solid wood or non-wood material. In certain youth leagues like Little League Baseball, a bat should not have a diameter of more than 2 1/4 in (57 mm). There are other leagues where a bat’s diameter should not be more than 2 3/4 in (70 mm).

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