'Evening News' Hits Against Metal Bat Manufacturers
Sports are risky, sometimes leading to lasting injuries. In one case covered by the May 18 ‚ÄúCBS Evening News,‚ÄĚ parents blamed aluminum bat manufacturers for their son‚Äôs injury.
‚Äú[T]welve-year-old Steven Domalewski was pitching for his team when he was hit with a line drive straight to the chest,‚ÄĚ CBS correspondent Bianca Solorzano said. ‚ÄúHe stopped breathing for 20 minutes. He survived but is brain damaged and severely disabled.‚ÄĚ
The family blames the bat and is suing its manufacturer.
‚ÄúThe Domalewskis blame Steven‚Äôs injuries on the aluminum bat used during the game, claiming the high performance bat sends balls flying dangerously harder and faster than wooden bats,‚ÄĚ Solorzano said. ‚ÄúTomorrow they‚Äôre filing a lawsuit against the bat manufacturer Louisville Slugger, the New Jersey State Little League and the
The ‚ÄúEvening News‚ÄĚ story did not include anyone to defend the bat manufacturer.
But Jim Darby, senior vice president of promotions for Easton Sports, another bat manufacturer ‚Äď told USA Today there is no conclusive evidence linking injuries to the bats.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre safe products,‚ÄĚ Darby said to USA Today in a June 3, 2007 story about the use of metal and wooden bats. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôve been around for 35 years. ‚Ä¶ When they say it‚Äôs a safety issue and they have no data to prove it out there, that's a concern to us.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúTwo generations of players have grown up with these bats and honed their skills,‚ÄĚ Darby said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre used by the NCAA all the way down to Little League. The game is fine, and the safety data proves that.‚ÄĚ
CBS‚Äôs Solorzano did say proponents argue lighter aluminum bats encourage younger kids to play baseball due to their weight. Aluminum bats also don‚Äôt break like wooden bats. But the attorney for the Domalewskis, Ernie Fronzuto, called the aluminum bat ‚Äúa weapon.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI see a weapon,‚ÄĚ Fronzuto said. ‚ÄúThe use of aluminum bats in these cases is an unreasonably unsafe
Correction: BMI misspelled attorney Ernest Fronzuto‚Äôs name in the original version of this story. The spelling in the report was based on the CBS story. BMI regrets the error.