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$1 Million for being hit with a ball

Old Jul 17th 2013, 10:53 pm
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That's what the parents want, anyway.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...en-4668523.php
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Old Jul 17th 2013, 11:31 pm
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Must have been some hit to warrant that...dribbling into a bag kind of thing.
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Old Jul 19th 2013, 6:05 am
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Must have been some hit to warrant that...dribbling into a bag kind of thing.
No. He has headaches. Does sound a stretch. When you pitch, one of the risks is a ball coming right at you. Part of the game. I got hit in the head twice. Hmm, now that I think of it, that could explain a lot. I did switch to shortstop after the second one.
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Old Jul 19th 2013, 6:13 am
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Originally Posted by Mr Weeze View Post
That's what the parents want, anyway.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...en-4668523.php
The little league should demand a jury trial, I can't imagine any jury buying this. Thousands of L L games played daily the occasional injury is unavoidable.
Doctor bills, you bet.
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The little league should demand a jury trial, I can't imagine any jury buying this. Thousands of L L games played daily the occasional injury is unavoidable.
Doctor bills, you bet.
It seems that the motivation is that they suspect the bat used had been altered. An aluminum bat can be 'end loaded, or weighted' to create a higher moment of inertia and increasing ball speed off the bat. They can also be shaved, which is sort of like boring out a cylinder in an engine. That reduces weight and, again, increases moment of inertia.

So,,,long story short (too late) if the bat was altered, in violation of the rules, the ball speed would have increased and severely limited a pitchers ability to react to a ball hit at him. If that was the case, they have a valid complaint. It does suck that in Little league, a kids game, that some adult would stoop to that kind of cheating.

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Old Jul 19th 2013, 6:32 am
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It seems that the motivation is that they suspect the bat used had been altered, for example 'corked' to provide greater velocity off the bat. Bats that are 'corked' have been hollowed out (in the case of wooden bats) and filled with cork. Aluminum bats are hollow to begin with, so plenty of room for cork. If that is the case, that it had been altered, (a rules violation) they have a point. The ball from a corked bat would reach the pitcher way to fast for him to react, which amplifies the normal risk to an unacceptable level.
Yes I understand altered bats, but unless one is delivered then it becomes an unfortunate playing accident. Don't get me wrong I feel for the kid and family and understand their anger(?).
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Yes I understand altered bats, but unless one is delivered then it becomes an unfortunate playing accident. Don't get me wrong I feel for the kid and family and understand their anger(?).
According to the article, the coach tried to hide the bat in his car and the police were called to prevent him from removing it from the area. Of course it also says that the league tested the bat and said it was not altered, but, a judge has ordered the bat held for further testing. So at some point they will know. If it has not been altered, then they clearly have no case.
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