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New York City lawmakers are making their own efforts to combat what they see as an unnecessary risk facing the city’s high school baseball teams–aluminum bats.

The New York City Council voted 40-6 this month to ban the use of aluminum bats by city high schools beginning next fall, becoming the first municipality in the country to do so. “We believe metal bats pose a risk to student athletes above that inherent in the sport,” Councilman James Oddo, R-Staten Island, said in a statement. “That’s simply unacceptable.”

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