Re: Teams Switch to Wooden Bats to Honor Injured Pitcher
There are ~19,000 high schools in the US. Let's say there are baseball teams at every single one. If MLB really wanted to make a difference it could donate 5 bats to every single school. Even at $100 a pop, the price tag comes in at just $9.5M -- less than Gary Matthews Jr. will make this year.
Obviously there are all kinds of other leagues and you'd probably start at the collegiate level and work your way down, but you get the idea. If MLB were so inclined, it could make a huge dent in the problem.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.