The reasons are in my post (a) through (g), above.
Also, as would be expected, their greatest demand comes from affordability along with gradification of use.
What’s with wood anyway?
Well, think of it this way - the majority of youngsters going through the baseball experience today, north of Mexico, are just “passing through”. Their interest and competitive zeal doesn’t drive the market place to supply or even nurture anything else but something that offers the ease of “use”, along with a glitzy name and splashy colors. It’s what sells. Couple that with the expertise necessary to use the thing, begged by the missing link in the amateur coaching pool, and you have the formula for a marketing dollars that’s just rings at the cash counter.
Now there’s nothing wrong with having a good time using whatever. I honestly beleive that. And I see nothing wrong with swinging metal, nothing wrong at all. But to blame metal bats for any injury on the field is blame that’s misplaced. It really is. If this was not the case, the NCAA and other associated governing bodies would have removed these things from their game, day one. But they haven’t, and they won’t.
Normally, pitchers and fielders can handle the action and play that these metal bats produce. If it was otherwise, we’d see an outcry from all sides - but we don’t.
While I’m on the subject of bats, let me pass on an experience with a bullpen catcher that was with a club I was with. He only stayed with us one season - after that he was gone to the bigs.
I had a catcher once who was a bullpen catcher and he had no less than nine (9) bats - all of which were for his place in the game plan. If he thought he was going to be boxed inside, he’d grab his “pea-shooter” as he like to call it. If he was going to be given a “hit away- hit of yourself” go-ahead, he grab his ball-buster. That last nickname that had multiple meanings. He also had two bats that he’d use if he was to lay down a bunt, either a push bunt or slug bunt. Also, regardless if we were at home or on the road, he’d always “condition” his bat’s by sanding them down after coming out of the bag - regardless of they were used or not. He would also re-wrap the barrel (handle) after every game that the bat(s) were used. Some of the players called him “sticks” as a joke. But when got offered a better life elsewhere, he wasn’t a joke any more.
Anybody on this web site have a question(s) on wooden bats - their quality, balance, composition, size-per-play, or any other question or comment … ask away. Ever wonder why metal is not used in the Majors? Ever wonder why wooden bat manufacturers who supply bats to Major League players keep a template and strict size and balance data per player?
Think of it this way - ever see a tradesman/tradeswoman with sub-standard tools to make a living with? Nope, you won’t. Plumbers, mechanics, and other trades people know the value of “tools of their trade”. People just passing through the trades without any serious intention of going any farther, won’t invest or learn to use the real stuff. Kind of like a youngster just passing through the game … just ot have fun. Metal bats are OK - no big deal … when done, just leave it in the closet, or put a sticker on it for next Sunday’s tag sale.