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