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POSTED: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 6:58pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 2:55pm

They Will Be Banned

It's a safety issue.

NEW YORK (AP) - Many of the maple baseball bats used in the
minor leagues will be banned this season and the reason is safety.

Major League Baseball has been studying maple bats that shatter
easily and endanger fans, players and umpires. New rules this year
ban bats made of ultra-light maple that are more likely to break
and send debris flying.

MLB sometimes implements a rule at the minor league level before
it takes effect in the majors.

Also as part of baseball's safety push, any big leaguer whose
bat broke at least 10 times last year must consult with a panel of
bat experts.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)