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Which wood are baseball bats made from?

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Wooden baseball bats are made from white ash, maple, bamboo or hickory. Though crafted from an extremely strong and hard wood, hickory bats have become less and less common due to their weight.

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The majority of wood baseball bats are made from northern white ash harvested from New York and Pennsylvania. The wood is chosen for its hardness, strength, durability, weight and "feel." Rock and sugar maple bats that were previously too heavy have risen in popularity thanks to wood-drying technology that has lowered their weight. With a tensile strength greater than steel, bamboo is also a popular wood for bats. Since bamboo chutes are hollow, such bats must be constructed by pressing strips of the wood into "billets."

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