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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-19-10 04:45 PM
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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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