This is just outrageous! As many of you recall, a young HS pitcher named Gunnar Sandberg from California got drilled in the head last year by a baseball off an aluminum bat. Sandberg was seriously injured, but thankfully he’s recovering and back to playing ball this year.
That’s the good news. Now, here comes Easton Sports – -the same people who manufacture and sell aluminum baseball bats – and they announce with great fanfare something called “the Dome” — a protective helmet for pitchers. And right behind them in this parade is, of course, Little League Baseball, which fully embraces this new product, and hopes that all youth pitchers everywhere start to wear one.
WHOA!! Let’s back up.
First of all, Sandberg got nailed by a line drive OFF AN ALUMINUM BAT – -the kind of bat that Easton makes. Why doesn’t Easton make real news, and announce that they are stop making and selling aluminum bats? Now, that would be welcome news.
Secondly, I would assume that these Domes are going to be sold for a price….meaning that Easton will be making money off of this. Doesn’t that also strike you as bizarre?
Third, if LL Baseball is so concerned about the health of young ballplayers, then why don’t they ban all aluminum bats? Why? Because LL Baseball says that aluminum and wood are exactly the same. What world are they living in? All you have to do is go out and throw batting practice to a kid with an aluminum bat, and then have him use a wood bat, and see for yourself.
Finally, will this Dome device help those pitchers who get hit in the face, or chest, or knee by a ball off an aluminum bat? No, I didn’t think so.
So, Easton and LL Baseball, once again, you’ve made the wrong choice. Just stop making aluminum (and for that matter, composite) bats…and then give out these Dome helmets for free. That’s where you start. Again, this is just outrageous. Think if it were your kid getting hit by a ball like this.