'Evening News' Hits Against Metal Bat Manufacturers
Sports are risky, sometimes leading to lasting injuries. In one case covered by the May 18 â€śCBS Evening News,â€ť parents blamed aluminum bat manufacturers for their sonâ€™s injury.
â€ś[T]welve-year-old Steven Domalewski was pitching for his team when he was hit with a line drive straight to the chest,â€ť CBS correspondent Bianca Solorzano said. â€śHe stopped breathing for 20 minutes. He survived but is brain damaged and severely disabled.â€ť
The family blames the bat and is suing its manufacturer.
â€śThe Domalewskis blame Stevenâ€™s injuries on the aluminum bat used during the game, claiming the high performance bat sends balls flying dangerously harder and faster than wooden bats,â€ť Solorzano said. â€śTomorrow theyâ€™re filing a lawsuit against the bat manufacturer Louisville Slugger, the New Jersey State Little League and the
The â€śEvening Newsâ€ť story did not include anyone to defend the bat manufacturer.
But Jim Darby, senior vice president of promotions for Easton Sports, another bat manufacturer â€“ told USA Today there is no conclusive evidence linking injuries to the bats.
â€śTheyâ€™re safe products,â€ť Darby said to USA Today in a June 3, 2007 story about the use of metal and wooden bats. â€śTheyâ€™ve been around for 35 years. â€¦ When they say itâ€™s a safety issue and they have no data to prove it out there, that's a concern to us.â€ť
â€śTwo generations of players have grown up with these bats and honed their skills,â€ť Darby said. â€śTheyâ€™re used by the NCAA all the way down to Little League. The game is fine, and the safety data proves that.â€ť
CBSâ€™s Solorzano did say proponents argue lighter aluminum bats encourage younger kids to play baseball due to their weight. Aluminum bats also donâ€™t break like wooden bats. But the attorney for the Domalewskis, Ernie Fronzuto, called the aluminum bat â€śa weapon.â€ť
â€śI see a weapon,â€ť Fronzuto said. â€śThe use of aluminum bats in these cases is an unreasonably unsafe
Correction: BMI misspelled attorney Ernest Fronzutoâ€™s name in the original version of this story. The spelling in the report was based on the CBS story. BMI regrets the error.