File photo - Aug 3, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals infielder Daniel Murphy tosses his bat as he reacts after swinging for a strike in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY) (USA Today Sports)
Popular baseball bats may soon disappear from fields as ravenous Asian beetles rapidly consume the wood used to make them, according to reports.
American scientists say the emerald ash borers, bugs that resemble crickets, have already destroyed up to 50 million ash trees, which are used for classic bats favored by many baseball stars, NPR reported.
The invasive insects are now attacking forests in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, threatening companies that rely on ash wood trees in the region, including the producer of the iconic Louisville Slugger bats.