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Chicago Cubs baseball player, Tyler Colvin, impaled by a broken bat.
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Does Someone Have To Be Killed Before MLB Does Something About Shattered Bats?
MLB keeps talking about "doing something" about shattering maple bats. There was another injury on Sunday. When, MLB? When someone gets killed?

By Al Yellon - Managing Editor
September 19, 2010

The photo accompanying this post is of the bat of the Cubs' Welington Castillo shattering in the second inning of today's Cubs game at Miami. A piece of it hit Tyler Colvin in the chest, causing a fairly deep wound only inches from his heart. According to Paul Sullivan in the Tribune, Colvin is going to be OK:

There was no immediate word on the depth of the wound, though it was only a few inches from his heart and could've been much more serious. In the photo accompanying this, the sharp end of the larger piece of Castillo's broken bat is what went into Colvin's chest.

The Cubs said there was minimal external bleeding. Colvin may remain in the hospital overnight for tests, and there's a possibility he will be shut down for the season, though it's too soon for any decision.

"Only a few inches from his heart." Seriously, do we need to see a ballplayer bleed to death on the field of play from a shattered bat before MLB does something about this dangerous piece of lumber? Two years ago, Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach Don Long was seriously injured by a shattered bat from then-Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth.

MLB needs to do something about this issue before someone gets killed. There has to be a wood out there that has the properties hitters want, and the durability that will prevent these kinds of injuries.

Now, please. Before it's too late.


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  -Chicago Cubs baseball player, Tyler Colvin, impaled by a broken bat. Better Believe It  Sep-19-10 04:45 PM   #0 
  - why is this just a problem now? Haven't bats always been maple?  hlthe2b   Sep-19-10 04:49 PM   #1 
  - Faster pitches, stronger faster batters  Paulie   Sep-19-10 04:52 PM   #3 
  - If you like baseball games with a dozen or more HR's every game. n/t  Greyhound   Sep-19-10 04:55 PM   #7 
  - Absolutely that, let runs look like a football game, pitchers duels are boring  Paulie   Sep-19-10 04:59 PM   #14 
  - And maple bats  KamaAina   Sep-19-10 04:55 PM   #9 
  - Ahh, that makes sense... and yes, now I do remember ash....  hlthe2b   Sep-19-10 04:58 PM   #12 
  - Aluminum bats are supposedly outlawed for little league because  hlthe2b   Sep-19-10 04:56 PM   #10 
  - 'ROIDS!  xultar   Sep-19-10 05:00 PM   #17 
  - Nice post, Barry Bonds! Or is that Mark McGwire.  madinmaryland   Sep-19-10 05:19 PM   #36 
  - Aluminum bats are an abomination unto the gods.  TheMightyFavog   Sep-19-10 07:46 PM   #48 
     - and dangerous  JVS   Sep-19-10 09:57 PM   #52 
  - No. Here's the history of maple bats  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 04:55 PM   #6 
  - As far as I know, no MLB bats are maple...  3waygeek   Sep-19-10 04:55 PM   #8 
  - That was true until 2001.  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 05:02 PM   #19 
  - You are incorrect  JackintheGreen   Sep-19-10 05:10 PM   #29 
  - Bats used to be made of ash, but I don't know whether that matters.  theothersnippywshrub   Sep-19-10 05:02 PM   #21 
  - No. Louisville Sluggers are made of Ash.  rateyes   Sep-19-10 05:13 PM   #31 
  - Nope, they used to be hickory, then ash.  Spider Jerusalem   Sep-19-10 05:13 PM   #32 
  - I thought they were traditionally made from ash, and the switch to another wood  kestrel91316   Sep-19-10 05:24 PM   #37 
  - No. Bats used to be made from  Dyedinthewoolliberal   Sep-19-10 05:40 PM   #41 
  - I should read first then post  rurallib   Sep-19-10 06:59 PM   #44 
  - I am pretty sure bats are traditionally made from Ash. Ash is stout wood and usually doesn't shatter  Erose999   Sep-19-10 10:21 PM   #58 
  - what is the suggested solution to this problem? curious. nt  seabeyond   Sep-19-10 04:51 PM   #2 
  - It's really very simple. Ban maple bats. But, that probably won't happen until  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 04:58 PM   #13 
     - well, there you go bbi. i don't know anything about it. but this sounds obvious. nt  seabeyond   Sep-19-10 04:59 PM   #15 
  - Colvin being treated with a chest tube. Out for season. Will remain in hospital for a few days.  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 04:53 PM   #4 
  - Two incidents in two years?  Vickers   Sep-19-10 04:54 PM   #5 
  - Aluminum bats are more dangerous for the pitcher  Kurt_and_Hunter   Sep-19-10 04:57 PM   #11 
  - Traditional ash wood bats used for over 100 years are safer than maple wood bats or aluminum bats.  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 04:59 PM   #16 
     - Okay... if it's about kinds of wood I agree with you  Kurt_and_Hunter   Sep-19-10 05:02 PM   #20 
        - It's the old fashioned ash wood alternative that was used for over 100 years without a problem!  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 05:04 PM   #22 
  - Let's not get too nannyish over this.  Nye Bevan   Sep-19-10 05:00 PM   #18 
  - well aren't you just the pragmatist....?  hlthe2b   Sep-19-10 05:06 PM   #24 
  - How about extending the screen to the entire outfield?  Nye Bevan   Sep-19-10 09:54 PM   #51 
     - What is your problem?  hlthe2b   Sep-19-10 10:08 PM   #55 
  - These maple bats have nearly impaled spectators when they've shattered.  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 05:10 PM   #28 
  - Screw 'purity of the sport' & switch to aluminum bats.  AnArmyVeteran   Sep-19-10 05:05 PM   #23 
  - Since aluminum are considered too dangerous for little league  hlthe2b   Sep-19-10 05:07 PM   #25 
  - Funny. Did anyone read a post about the "purity of the sport"?  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 05:16 PM   #33 
  - Because aluminum bats never break the hitters learn to  Kurt_and_Hunter   Sep-19-10 05:17 PM   #34 
  - Personally, I think that MLB should include wild tigers in the game  Vinnie From Indy   Sep-19-10 05:08 PM   #26 
  - Heres a photo, check out who took it  DJ13   Sep-19-10 05:09 PM   #27 
  - Keith!  hlthe2b   Sep-19-10 05:11 PM   #30 
     - it's a screen cap... n/t  ProdigalJunkMail   Sep-19-10 05:25 PM   #38 
        - Oh... of course...  hlthe2b   Sep-19-10 05:26 PM   #39 
           - just a comment on the seats...  ProdigalJunkMail   Sep-19-10 05:26 PM   #40 
  - The bats used to be made of ash  Drale   Sep-19-10 05:18 PM   #35 
  - Wailt until someone dies.  TheCowsCameHome   Sep-19-10 05:49 PM   #42 
  - Here's more video on the incident.  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 06:58 PM   #43 
  - I seem to recall that a graphite composite was proffered  rurallib   Sep-19-10 07:06 PM   #45 
  - Maybe they could be used in school but stick with ash wood on the professional level.  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 07:13 PM   #46 
  - nowhere near forever  sylveste   Sep-19-10 10:47 PM   #59 
  - Latest on Colvin's condition  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 07:17 PM   #47 
  - Could you imagine how much the game would  AsahinaKimi   Sep-19-10 07:48 PM   #49 
  - I wouldn't want to be playing 3rd base with Pujols at the plate with a metal bat...  Mudoria   Sep-19-10 08:58 PM   #50 
  - For the last month or so, I been thinking about the sound of baseball.  RandomThoughts   Sep-19-10 10:04 PM   #53 
  - Exactly. No sound is prettier than the wood hitting the ball  Ishoutandscream2   Sep-19-10 10:17 PM   #57 
  - What about the dangers of soap? It's so slippery!  Bonobo   Sep-19-10 10:04 PM   #54 
  - Don't put soap on your baseball glove or try to hit a baseball with a fork!  Better Believe It   Sep-19-10 10:50 PM   #60 
     - Yes I have.  Bonobo   Sep-19-10 10:59 PM   #61 
        - "Ban wooden bats because one hit in a million leads to an injury?" You need to read the posts.  Better Believe It   Sep-20-10 08:45 AM   #64 
  - This also happened to Steve Yeager in 1976. Almost killed him.  me b zola   Sep-19-10 10:14 PM   #56 
  - Back in the old days bats lasted forever.  tuckessee   Sep-19-10 11:00 PM   #62 
  - Montage of broken bats  exboyfil   Sep-20-10 06:32 AM   #63 

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