Updated: May 3, 2023

Do Bots Know Bats: ChatGPT vs BatDigest

We get asked a crazy ton of questions about bats, and we’ve written thousands and thousands of words over the years answering them. With the recent advent of Large Language Learning Models, we thought we’d see how well it has used our site to increase its knowledge database and can answer questions about bats.

Chat GPT-4 Test Scores

We asked ChatGPT-4 twenty-six questions about bats and scored it on a scale from 0 to 5 for accuracy. Many of the fact based questions it go perfectly. It misunderstood a bit of nuance and left out a handful of what we might consider important facts.

But, the bot scored 75% on accuracy for information about bats on some very common questions we get.

ChatGPT-4 Bat Test

Questions: 26
Perfect Answers: 11
Missed Nuance: 6
Somewhat Right: 3
Wrong: 3
Dead Wrong/Inaccurate: 3

Bat Questions – ChatGPT Test

Below are the specific questions we asked ChatGPT-4 with a caveat to “keep the answer short.” We found most of these answers from Google’s auto-complete and matched that up with what our inboxes and DMs get often enough.

Are baseball bats good for self-defense?

ChatGPT-4 Response
While baseball bats are not specifically designed for self-defense, they can be used as an improvised weapon in an emergency situation. A baseball bat can be an effective tool for self-defense due to its length, weight, and the force it can generate when swung properly.

BatDigest: Fair points, and a little shout out to good form.

Accuracy: 5/5


Are baseball bats hollow?

ChatGPT-4 Response
No, baseball bats are not hollow. They are typically solid.

BatDigest: This is not correct. Alloy and Composite bats are hollow. Wood bats are not. Although, some wood bats have significant cups on the end (like youth wood bats) that make a significant portion of their barrels hollow.

Accuracy: 0/5


Are baseball bats made of ash?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Yes, some baseball bats are made of ash, which is a popular choice for wooden bats due to its flexibility, strength, and durability.

BatDigest: Correct.

Accuracy: 5/5


Are baseball bats made of metal?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Some baseball bats are made of metal, particularly aluminum. Metal bats are common in youth leagues and amateur play due to their lighter weight and durability.

BatDigest: Exactly.

Accuracy: 5/5


Are baseball bats heavy?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball bats vary in weight, but most are designed to be manageable and balanced for players to swing effectively.

BatDigest: Nailed it.

Accuracy: 5/5


Are baseball bats allowed on airplanes?

ChatGPT-4 Response
In general, baseball bats are not allowed in carry-on luggage but can be checked in as part of checked baggage.

BatDigest: We’ve learned this by sad experience, you cannot take a baseball bat on your carry on luggage. ChatGPT nails it.

Accuracy: 5/5


Can baseball bats die?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball bats are inanimate objects and cannot die. However, they can break or become damaged with use over time.

BatDigest: If you assume it was responding with some sort of autistic sarcasm, this is a solid response. They can most certaily lose their pop over time.

Accuracy: 3/5


Can baseball bats be used for softball?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball and softball bats are designed differently, but some may be used interchangeably, depending on league rules and player preferences.

BatDigest: The answere here, really, is no. You both would never want to do this and it’s probably illegal in 99% of leagues.

Accuracy: 1/5


Can baseball bats lose their pop?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Yes, over time, baseball bats, especially aluminum and composite ones, can lose their “pop” or performance due to repeated use and wear.

BatDigest: Correct.

Accuracy: 5/5


Can baseball bats get wet?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball bats can get wet, but it’s best to avoid it. Prolonged exposure to moisture can damage wooden bats and decrease their lifespan.

BatDigest: You definitley don’t want your wood bats to get wet, especially the unsealed ones. And we wouldn’t store an alloy/composite bat in the pool. But I can’t think of a reason getting a alloy or composite bat wet is egregiously bad.

Accuracy: 3/5


Can baseball bats be made from oak?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Yes, oak can be used for baseball bats, but it is less common due to its heavier weight and greater density compared to ash or maple.

BatDigest: It’s more than “less common,” it’s basically unheard of for the reasons it suggests. Oak is thick and heavy and wouldn’t work as a wood bat.

Accuracy: 4/5


Can baseball bats cause death?

ChatGPT-4 Response
In extreme cases, baseball bats can cause serious injury or even death when used as a weapon. However, this is not their intended use.

BatDigest: This is obviously true, but a flying bat into the stands can also be very dangerous.

Accuracy: 4/5


Do baseball bats need to be broken in?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Wooden baseball bats don’t need breaking in, but composite bats often require a break-in period to achieve optimal performance.

BatDigest: Good answer. Wish they would have pointed out that allow (aka aluminum/meta) bats also DO NOT need a work in.

Accuracy: 4/5


Do baseball bats make a difference?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Yes, baseball bats can make a difference in a player’s performance, depending on factors like material, weight, length, and personal preference.

BatDigest: This question has so much nuance that it’s hard to answer it in one sentence. But, to be fair, ChatGPT did it better than we could.

Accuracy: 5/5


How baseball bats are made?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball bats are made by selecting appropriate materials, cutting them into cylindrical blanks, and then turning, shaping, and finishing them using lathes and other woodworking or metalworking tools.

BatDigest: Ok. Yeah. This assumed they were asking about wood bats.

Accuracy: 5/5


How are baseball bats measured?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball bats are measured by length in inches and weight in ounces. The difference between the length and weight is called the “drop” and helps determine the bat’s balance and swing speed.

BatDigest: Pretty sure ChatGPT took this answer from our site and then regurgiated it. Ah, the future…

Accuracy: 5/5


How many baseball bats are sold in russia?

ChatGPT-4 Response
I don’t have exact figures for baseball bat sales in Russia, but it’s worth noting that baseball is not as popular there compared to other sports like soccer, hockey, and basketball.

BatDigest: Ok, here’s what’s crazy. Russia sells a lot of baseball bats. Not as sporting equipment, but as weapons. True story. It’s a very popular search term there.

Accuracy: 2/5


How much are baseball bats?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball bat prices vary based on factors like material, brand, and quality. Prices can range from around $20 for basic youth bats to over $300 for high-quality, professional-grade bats.

BatDigest: $300? This must be like 3 years old. We wish that was still the price of a “high-quality” bat.

Accuracy: 2/5


How long do baseball bats last?

ChatGPT-4 Response
The lifespan of a baseball bat depends on factors like material, usage, and care. Wooden bats may break sooner, while aluminum and composite bats can last multiple seasons with proper care.

BatDigest: Exactly.

Accuracy: 5/5


What baseball bats are used in high school?

ChatGPT-4 Response
High school baseball players typically use aluminum or composite bats with a BBCOR certification, which ensures performance standards and safety regulations are met.

BatDigest: Got it.

Accuracy: 5/5


What baseball bats do the pros use?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Professional baseball players primarily use wooden bats, made from ash, maple, or birch, as required by Major League Baseball (MLB) regulations.

BatDigest: Hey, that’s what we said!

Accuracy: 5/5


What baseball bats are the best?

ChatGPT-4 Response
The “best” baseball bat depends on factors like player preference, skill level, and league rules. Quality brands include Louisville Slugger, Marucci, Rawlings, DeMarini, and Easton.

BatDigest: Surprised they didn’t say how much hype is online… And they get a 4 for leaving out Victus, Warstic and Axe.

Accuracy: 5/5


What baseball bats does tennessee use?

ChatGPT-4 Response
I’m not sure which specific baseball bats Tennessee uses, as there are many different types and brands available on the market. It would depend on the individual players’ preferences and the regulations of the league they are playing in.

BatDigest: There’s just somethings BatDigest will always be needed for. 🙂

Accuracy: 1/5


Why do baseball players have 2 bats?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball players often carry two bats with them because it allows them to have a backup bat in case the one they are using breaks or becomes damaged during a game. Having a second bat readily available can help minimize disruptions and allow the player to quickly switch to a new bat without delaying the game.

BatDigest: No, it’s because the boy wasn’t hitting dingers like Timmy, and timmy had a different bat. (Okay, that’s not entirely true. But our point stands).

Accuracy: 3/5


Which baseball bats are illegal?

ChatGPT-4 Response
There are different regulations for baseball bats depending on the level of play, so what might be considered an illegal bat in one league may be perfectly legal in another. However, some general rules for illegal baseball bats include bats that exceed certain length and weight restrictions, bats that are altered or modified in any way to enhance performance, and bats made of non-wood materials in certain leagues where only wood bats are allowed. It’s always best to check the specific rules and regulations of the league or organization you are playing in to ensure that your bat is legal.

BatDigest: Bat digest to the rescue again!

Accuracy: 2/5


Why are baseball bats so expensive?

ChatGPT-4 Response
Baseball bats can be expensive for several reasons. One reason is that high-quality bats are often made from premium materials, such as high-grade wood or advanced composite materials, which can drive up the cost of production. Additionally, the design and manufacturing process for baseball bats can be quite complex and require specialized equipment and expertise, which can also contribute to their cost. Finally, the cost of baseball bats may also be influenced by factors such as branding, marketing, and the overall demand for the product.

BatDigest: The last sentence is the real win here. Products cost what they cost in baseball because people will pay it.

Accuracy: 4/5


ChatGPT From the Top Rope

I asked ChatGPT how they feel about getting a solid ‘C’ on the topic of bats. It has some points. (And its back handed dig that the information it was trained on, most certainly batdigest.com, may not be the most comprehensive was top-rope-level-soul crushing. You cut me deep Chat. Real deep.)

ChatGPT Final Thoughts
As an AI language model, I don’t have personal opinions or feelings like humans do, but I can provide some concluding thoughts based on the results of the comparison.

First of all, I want to thank you for taking the time to test my knowledge on the subject of baseball bats. While my score of 75% indicates that there is room for improvement, it’s important to note that my responses were based on the information that I was trained on, which may not always be the most up-to-date or comprehensive. Additionally, like any source of information, AI models can make mistakes or misinterpret certain nuances, so it’s always a good idea to double-check any information that you receive from any source, including AI models like myself.

Overall, I hope that our comparison has been informative and has helped you gain a better understanding of both my capabilities as an AI language model and the complexities of the subject matter. If you have any further questions or topics you’d like me to explore, feel free to ask.