April 7, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (18) reacts after he pitched the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Radical Baseball: MLB Depraved and Indifferent.

April 7 Hiroki Kuroda made his Yankee debut.  He didn’t pitch very well but the significant thing is that he had his life threatened by a splintered bat that flew past his head.  He was lucky.

A Radical Baseball trip down memory lane on this subject:

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008 Foul Territory: what good is it?

You do not want to sit behind a barrier? You like having your life in danger from balls and splintered bats?

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009 MLB: switch to aluminum bats before someone gets killed.

It is obvious that MLB commissioner Bud Selig has neither the imagination nor the inclination to actually do something about the alarming tendency for wood bats to splinter into javelins and fly at people, both players and fans. Before one of these lethal projectiles embeds itself into the neck or chest of someone, outlaw the ancient wooden bats and replace them with bats made of alloys such as aluminum.

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009 Bats.

New rules:
1. If any part of a bat goes into the stands, the batter is out.
2. If a bat breaks in half or splinters, the batter is out.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 16 months after I implored MLB commissioner Bud Selig to DO something, a base runner was impaled in the chest.

Cubs baserunner stable after broken bat pierces chest

Tyler Colvin was impaled in the left upper chest with a broken bat and taken to a local hospital.


Splintered bat

Photo by ALAN DIAZ/AP.

Twenty years of watching the TV show “Law and Order” provided the definition of second degree murder in New York: depraved indifference to human life.  How else would a reasonable person describe MLB policy and specifically the culpability of commissioner Bud Selig?  Depraved and indifferent.


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