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ump question about heating bats
Posted by USSSA FAN on October 29, 2020, 4:32 pm
OK I heard from my assigner a situation where a team, Chicagoland area, were playing last night, final games for the playoffs to end the season, and they had a bag that held 10-12 bats. Made with aluminum, wrapped with a cloth material, except the bottom, that they had sterno's that you would heat food with underneath keeping the bats warm as it was cold last night and they thought that would be better than the bats being cold and possibly breaking. Question is, are the bats now illegal? He is trying to find anything about this in the USA rulebook and can't. I know we have a bunch of umps on here that answer questions, so please post your thoughts and if it is illegal, what is the rule number so we can find it in the book?