What is a bat made of?
A baseball bat is a long, specially shaped stick made of wood (ash or maple) or aluminum. Its single purpose is to hit the ball. One end of the bat is the handle, which is thin enough to wrap your hands around. The handle gradually thickens to eventually become the barrel, which is the part of the bat that makes contact with the ball.
For younger or recreational players, aluminum bats are usually used. In professional baseball, only wooden bats are allowed. Aluminum bats will produce that "ping" sound when contact is made and are much less likely to break, whereas wooden bats often break during games. Typically, the older the player, the larger the barrel of the bat.
Baseball Bat Dimenions
Bats are usually around 42 inches long and almost three inches in diameter.