“Climate Change” Might Possibly Maybe Damage Baseball

Yet another in a long line of $1 movie scary stories

(Straight) The crack of bats this time of year means two things: baseball is back and winter is over.

But Major League Baseball’s spring soundtrack relies heavily on wood from white ash trees treasured for strength and flexibility. And it may soon sound different as a tiny beetle, the emerald ash borer, threatens the northern Pennsylvania stands that for more than a century have supplied wood for bats.

Experts say climate change may alter just how far north and south the tree-killing pest will spread. Northern Pennsylvania is right in the emerald ash borer’s sweet spot.

If climate change reduces those extreme cold temperatures in northern states, which can kill them, it may allow it to spread north faster,” said Dan Herms, a professor and entomologist at Ohio State University. “But surely they’ll get to where Louisville Slugger is.”

So, nothing concrete, eh? What happened during the previous warm periods?

We haven’t seen it affect our ability to get logs yet, but it’s knocking on the doorstep,” said Brian Boltz, a general manager at Hillerich & Bradsby. “It’s pretty established both 50 miles [80 kilometres] north and south of our main harvesting areas.”

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8 Responses to ““Climate Change” Might Possibly Maybe Damage Baseball”

  1. kevin says:

    The emerald ash beetle is native to Russia and northern China. Clearly, cold weather is not an issue for them. This is just another silly scare article.

    The problem is global trade. It makes things cheap, but we have to accept that eventually we are going to get every pest from every other country, and they’re going to get ours. It’s been going on for centuries, but it’s accelerating now with our increase globalization.

  2. Jeffery says:

    “What happened during the previous warm periods?”

    Baseball is a fairly recent development.

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    I can just see the closed-door strategy session that led to this press release.

    “Our efforts to get Americans to panic about global warming just aren’t working.”

    “But we’ve told them how it’s going to end all life on Earth. What more dire predictions can we make?”

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    “We’ve told them global warming will kill off all those cute polar bears. Even that hasn’t worked.”

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