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most retarded baseball family ever…don’t know how else to say it

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  1. December 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    There’s a very cool string of comments already on this topic if you click here but read the story first.

    An 11-year-old boy left deaf in one ear after a ball hit off a metal baseball bat crashed into the side of his head is back playing baseball — and using a metal bat.

    Still, the family of the young athlete has targeted Easton — the metal bat’s maker — in a federal lawsuit that says the manufacturer created a dangerous product that should not be on the market. They are asking that Easton pay for his injuries and suffering as well as attorney fees.

    The family in a news conference Wednesday also said they’d like to see more conformity with baseball bats in youth sports if not the outright ban of metal bats in the game.

    Jake Schutter was pitching for the Mokena Blaze during a game in May when a line drive struck him in the left side of his head. The ball was hit by a boy using an Easton metal bat.

    He’ll never pitch again, Jake says.

    But the boy said that he has no choice but to continue using a metal bat because all of his peers use it.

    “If everyone has a metal bat, why wouldn’t I have a metal bat?” he said Wednesday.

    He would use a different bat, if he knew it was an even playing field, he said.

    Jake said he still gets headaches all the time and his father said his son reacts more slowly since his injury.

    “I’m just lucky I’m still here,” Jake said.

    Metal bats are designed to have a so-called “trampoline effect” that send balls sailing. Coaches and young players like them because they can hit farther, creating more exciting and higher-scoring games. They also save money because wooden bats often splinter.

    The Schutter family, who lives in Mokena, argues that the disparity in size of children during developing years of youth sports means that bats engineered to crush balls can be turned into weapons. And that the trampoline effect sends the ball off the bat at such a great velocity, there’s no time for someone like their son to react.

    Jake said the boy who hit the ball that injured him was the same size of his father, a full-grown man. Because of his size, that boy was using a bigger bat. Jake suggested that at the very least, bat sizes should be uniform among different youth leagues.

    His lawyer, Antonio M. Romanucci said he acknowledges there’s nothing he can do about the disparity in the size of athletes. But the way a bat is designed can be made more safe, he said.

    “If we know it can be prevented, why continue to perpetuate it?” Romanucci said.

    The bat maker responded Wednesday in a prepared released.

    “Easton Bell Sports is saddened to hear of Jake Schutter’s on-field injuries,” Mike Zlaket, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Easton sports said in a prepared statement.

    “Easton takes sports safety very seriously, and that commitment is built into every product that carries the Easton name. We are dedicated to safety research and development, with a track record of innovating some of the safest sporting equipment on the market.”


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