This sounds like a great event for baseball players and fans alike. Lou Santos has pulled together an amazing event in which the best baseball players of NY (ages 18 and under) will have a chance to tryout (for free) in hope of being one of the lucky few to compete against the very best 18-and-under baseball players from across the country. For more details, go to Facebook and look up Greater New York Sandlot Athetic Alliance.
I know we coverd a lot of ground on yesterday’s show, but as noted, the death of a 13-year-old from upstate NY still haunts me. The youngster was pitching batting practice against some varsity players and was struck by a line-drive off an aluminum bat. He was in a hospital for a few days before succombing.
Amazingly, there was very little media coverage on this death, unlike the near-fatality in northern CA when a young player was drilled in the head. But as usual, the aluminum bat manufacturers immediately trotted out their defense: there’s only about a 5 mph difference between a ball off an aluminum versus wood bat….that the aluminum bat that was used with legal by NYS HS standards…and that very few kids get hurt playing baseball each year.
BUT HERE”S THE PROBLEM THEY NEVER SEEM TO ADDRESS: The Frazier kid from upstate NY is dead…Brandon Patch is dead….Gunnar Sandberg still has a hole in his skull from where the doctors worked on saving his life. Plus the lawsuits — and settlements — against the aluminum bat companies are beginning to pile up.
As I said on the show, if my kid were a pitcher in baseball or softball, I’d sure petition the league to use wood bats instead of aluminum.
PITCH COUNTS IN HS BALL. Probably not a bad idea, because it would protect promising pitchers from those coaches who either don’t know when a kid’s arm is getting tired (and hence more likely to get hurt) or those coaches who are so selfish that they’ll continue to pitch their ace hurler until his arm is ruined.