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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  • http://www.calltothepen.com/ DougWachter

    While I definitely think the use of aluminum bats in MLB is an interesting idea, it would create  additional safety issues in the form of balls propelled off the bat at much higher rates. While the Colvin situation is certainly unfortunate, I can tell you I don’t think it’s at all a stretch to say that if MLB was using aluminum bats, Juan Nicasio would likely be disabled or worse as a result of his getting hit in the face with a batted ball last year. My intuition tells me that the gains in safety from preventing broken bats would be outweighed by increased danger to players, base coaches, and spectators from balls whizzing off aluminum bats.

  • http://radicalbaseball.blogspot.com/ Matinale

     @DougWachter Doug, Thanks for the comment.  I think those concerns can be mitigated by regulating the aluminum bats.  If that’s not enough then the balls can be deadened to achieve a reasonable result.  Aside from the type of bat I think the ball comes off the bat far too fast to be safe, which is why I advocate that all players within 150 feet of home plate wear catchers gear.    Ken

  • http://www.calltothepen.com/ DougWachter

     @Matinale Obviously it’s possible to regulate the bats (as they have in college with the limited-BBCOR bats) but even a dampened aluminum bat is still a deadly weapon in the hands of a pro baseball player. As for having every infielder wear catcher’s gear, it strikes me that it’d be very difficult for some players, especially a pitcher or a middle infielder. While baseball in full body armor is slightly safer, it’d also be far less marketable, which needs to be a consideration whenever a change is made to the game.

  • http://radicalbaseball.blogspot.com/ Matinale

     @DougWachter Even the primitive NHL added face masks for goalies and helmets for every player.  Previously they did not want to hide the players faces.  See Bobby Hull.
    Kids should be wearing protective gear for sure.  The question is when, if at all, such gear is not used.