Dow Jones reported Friday that the number of people injured by baseballs dropped to 9,000 in October from 9,300 in September.
The drop came as MLB began phasing out the bat in favor of the ball.
While baseballs remain the most popular weapon, it’s the balls that continue to be used in the game.
That’s because they’re more durable than bats, with more than 90 percent of the damage done by a baseball landing on its own surface.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the game is safer because balls have fewer strikes.
That was part of the reason for the drop in injuries.
A closer look at baseball injuries: While baseballs are the most commonly injured sports, the majority of baseballs hit the ground hard.
Most of those hits were concussions, which lead to permanent brain damage.
And that’s not the only serious injury linked to the game: the average person’s life expectancy is three years shorter with concussion and Alzheimer’s disease than it was before the game was played, according to the National Institutes of Health.
And the concussion rate in baseballs is also higher than the rate in the general population.
The decline in baseball injuries is troubling because the game has been growing and players are starting to play more regularly.
The World Baseball Classic is the first major international baseball tournament, with teams from North America and Europe participating.
And baseballs have become the preferred weapon in sports like soccer and golf, which are popular in many parts of the world.
The popularity of baseball is partly because the players are mostly middle-aged men.
The average age of players participating in the World Baseball Championships is 30, and they play in a field with plenty of space to move around and to get away from each other.