- April 26, 2019
Playing Hardball with Standards
With baseball fans around the world rejoicing as the sport’s most prominent
league begins its annual season, we look at ASTM International’s
standards for the game’s bats and balls.
Hall of Fame baseball player Rogers Hornsby was asked what he did in
the offseason, he replied, only half joking, “I stare out the window and
wait for spring.” With winter giving way to spring and summer in the
Northern Hemisphere, baseball fans around the world who share this
sentiment are celebrating the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball
The subcommittee on baseball and softball equipment (F08.26),
part of the committee on sports equipment, playing surfaces, and
facilities (F08), oversees standards that help external organizations
govern the game loved by so many worldwide. From helping to manage the
risk to youth baseball and softball players to helping protect the
competitive balance of the college and professional games, the series of
test methods developed by F08.26 are used in many aspects of the game.
These aspects include tests for performance of the bat as well as the
physical properties of the ball. When applied by various leagues and
governing bodies, these measurements can have a significant impact on
the way the game America calls its “National Pastime” is played.
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