Skip to comments.Boy left deaf in one ear after line drive; family sues bat maker
Posted on 12/08/2010 10:40:44 AM PST by toma29
It was just another Little League game.
The pitcher had just thrown two strikes. But when the next pitch was hurled, the batter smashed it and sent a line drive straight into the pitcher.
For 11-year-old Jake Schutter of Mokena, the moment forever changed his life.
Standing on the pitchers mound, the ball crashed into the left side of his head.
He dropped to the ground and began to vomit.
He later learned he would be permanently deaf in one ear. And his family is still unsure of the full extent of cognitive damage the incident caused, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday.
Jakes family blames not the batter, but the bat.
It was an Easton BT265, and most signficantly, it was metal.
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The batter hit him, not any manufacturer.
Sue the coach, the pitcher was improperly throwing...
Why sue the manufacturer? He should have thrown low and outside after banking two strikes...;)
Mom and dad need to sue each other for letting their little boy play baseball.
Much of the cost of living these days is related to the belief that there should be no randomness or consequences. We want life to be perfect.
Our great grandparents had no such expectations. They just lived life and moved on, good or bad.
I guess we have to ban baseball.
People using their children for monetary gain.....
How the heck did we Sexagenarians manage to grow up without a Nanny State?
Dangerous precedent being set here if they allow this go through. Liberals have been trying to make inanimate objects and their manufacturers liable for injuries for quite a while. Perhaps if they can accumulate some case law on it, they can attack guns from a different legal angle.
Ooh... the big metal bat went bang and made my little boy deaf. Ya know, the first thing I thought as I read this story’s headline: “Boy left deaf in one ear after...” not using ear protection at the shooting range. I mean, c’mon. There’s risk associated with EVERYTHING we do. Hell, walking is risky. I don’t blame the curb when I trip or my car tires when I miss a green light.
Sorry for your son’s hearing loss. We’ll all pray for his quick recovery. Get over yourself.
The town was IRRESPONSIBLE for setting up a baseball field there too
It is tragic for the boy that got hit. I’m always a little scared that my kid will hit a pitcher.
One of the problems with this age group is that some develop faster than others, and you have a teenager hitting a child pitcher.
But I don’t know what argument they can have that the bat manufacturer was in any way responsible.
It's a SPORT. Sh*t sometimes happens.
it’s the pitcher’s fault for not throwing a strike like he is suppose to
The bat manufacturer should sue him for throwing balls at the bat... makes about as much sense.
Sorry about that pitchers, but if you want to throw a ball in my direction, don't be surprised if I hit one back in yours.
Don’t forget the company that sold the grass seed for the field, and the company that made the bleachers. Predatory lawyers like the one who filed this case disgust me. I have no problem with productive people making huge amounts of money, but the sleazy tort lawyers who file cases like this are simply parasites.
As a slo-pitch softball pitcher I am already wearing protective equipment for my head. The bats are just too advanced and juiced these days. It’s simply a common sense precaution.
That being said, I believe the family is out of line here but such is the way of things today. Sue for anything!
The parents need to be prosecuted for child neglect.....by raising their child in a plastic bubble all his life, these parents did not allow the childs self defense reflexes a chance to develope adequately for self preservation.
We need a mandatory 30 day waiting period on aluminum bats!
AND, following the model of deer hunting, players will only be allowed X number of hits with an aluminum bat and Y hits with a wooden bat.
Sorry about the kid’s hearing, I really am. The parents suing the bat maker though is freakin’ stupid.
why not the ball maker?
I was talking to my grandmother (who lived to age 96) about her early days, migrating to Indian Territory in a covered wagon, raising a family of six on a farm with no modern conveniences, and such like.
I asked "GrandMama, how were you able to raise a big family in conditions like that?"
She replied "I don't know, but it sure a sturdy old woman out of me."
And if it was a wood bat there was the risk that it could shatter and send a shard through the pitcher.
I really am surprised that they don't require all players in little league to wear helmets instead of just the batter and catcher.
There are warnings on bats. Did these parents not know that there is a possibility of getting his with a baseball or even a bat when playing baseball or when watching from the other side of the fence? Would the child have reacted in time from a bat with less ‘pop?’ It is a risky sport. I do think about it when my children are pitching and/or catching. It’s like knowingly playing Russian roulette with my children’s lives. I also worry when they’re playing football. I guess I should worry when they’re playing basketball, too. Sports are dangerous. Bats are dangerous. Wooden bats are dangerous. Wasn’t there a first base coach who was killed in the last few years in the minor leagues because a ball off a wooden bat hit him in the head? I may be misremembering.
I don't know, but now that its here, they'll make sure it doesn't happen again.
“It sure made a sturdy old woman out of me.”
“How the heck did we Sexagenarians manage to grow up without a Nanny State? “
I’d like to know how you allowed the nanny state to be created.
Needless to say, I will be suing the newspaper that printed the story.
We need Lawyer Control badly!
While its sad that this kid is injured, its just as much his own fault as anyone else’s for not knowing how to play such an active infield position.
Line drives go toward pitchers frequently.
How the heck did we Sexagenarians manage to grow up without a Nanny State?
Id like to know how you allowed the nanny state to be created.
They are missing a bet by not suing the owner of the land where the tree grew that provided the wood that was fabricated into the bat.
Typical liberal garbage. Humans are not responsible for their actions. Inanimate objects are and the companies that make them.
> “Needless to say, I will be suing the newspaper that printed the story.”
And I will be suing them too for the emotional stress of seeing my FRiend ClearCase_guy suffer so....
When my boys played in Little League, we saw some overly aggressive players from time to time. I remember one in particular who would intentionally hit the pitcher and take great pleasure in it. He thought it was a riot when he hit a pitcher in the groin. Even in those cases, however, it's not the bat manufacturer who is at fault.
What these cases teach us is the value of protective equipment and staying alert. Our son thought we were being silly and over-protective when we insisted that he wear a hard cup . . . until he saw the pitcher take a direct hit in the groin. No more argument.
It was a metal bat, have to sue mother earth I suppose.
If you let your kid lpay any type of sports you know there is a chance of getting hurt....walking across the street can get you killed. When did we become a nation of lawsuits?
They should print large orange warning labels on every baseball:
WARNING: May cause injury. Do not attempt to catch this baseball with your head.
I was going to say, probably the bat was made in China. But I find that it was made in California. No doubt this lawsuit will drive them out of the state like everyone else.
The kid’s dad likely begged the coach to let his kid pitch and now he was to hit the lottery.
Two years ago in a high school game I was coaching my 10th grade pitcher throwing about 75 mph had a pitch get away from him and hit the batter, who had turned and ducked, on the brain stem. After 45 min of life saving first aid the boy was life flighted out and died 2 days later. 2 weeks later one of my players got nailed right on the ear flap of the helmet by a pitch that was 91 mph on the gun; he got up and trotted down to 1st. Sometimes things just happen.
It ordeal was terrible for everyone, the coaches, my players (especially the pitcher), the fans, the other team, the kid's parents but no one ever talked about suing. The player's parents sought out my pitcher to tell him they didn't blame him, that it was an accident, and that he should keep on playing. I have always been impressed with the class and grace those parents showed at the most difficult of times; when I read about this lawsuit I'm even more impressed.
It looks like all the pundits left out suing the ball manufacturer. It’s the ball that hit the kid, not the bat.
I feel for you.
When I was a teenager, I watched from 2nd base as my cousin Mark was hit in the chest with a foul tip (he was playing catcher).
The ball rolled a couple of feet from him, he picked up the ball, threw it to my cousin Eddy (we’re from a small town, lots of cousins), then he collapsed on the spot...they never got another heartbeat from him...
I got one in the gut as a kid. Hurt like a bastard.
20 years later, she loves risk-taking, like water-skiing and ice-hockey with the men her husband hangs around with. She's fallen on the ice after hits and shakes it off. No fear. Life has risk, and you take your lumps if crap happens.
Personally, I’d like to see NCAA and UIL adopt a wooden bat rule like MLB. There would be fewer home runs, but you would hear the crack of the ball on wood rather than the clang of the ball on aluminum.
Ooops! I missed that.
But that opens a new door or two.
Why not sue the company that mined the bauxite?
And the refiner, the designer, the manufacturer and the truck driver who delivered the finished product?
Even if the same standard was adopted, the advances in alloys and composites have made the bats livlier. The only real solutions would be a limitation on the f.p.s. off the bat, similar to golf club regs. Another novel solution would be going back to wood.
I play baseball in an adult wood bat league. All bats have to meet BESR specs. Some these days are made of bamboo and composite wood. Unlike maple bats, they don't shatter when the break, if they break at all. I have had one for 4 years and use it often in batting cages. Not a crack in it, yet.
The only reason the pitcher's parents are suiing Easton is due to the deep pockets of the company.
The bats are indeed responsible for the accelerated speed but that's all. If there is any party to blame then it's on the parents of all little leaguers who want their kids to be home run hitters until their own little kid gets injured like this one.
I play a lot of senior softball and the two main governing bodies are the ASA and USSSA. The ASA has a "Banned Bat List" that is 3 or 4 pages long and each year keeps growing. USSSA's list isn't as long but it still is extensive.
Softball bats today have evolved beyond the metal bats and are now called "composits" since they are made out of carbon fiber. These bats can be made really "hot"....and manufacturers are now being forced to "dumb them down" so they can be used in ASA and USSSA league play
Here's the kicker tho, nobody I know wants to use the "dumbed down" bats but are forced to. The only reason the softball agencies now have such strict rules is to protect themselves and the leagues from potential lawsuits........So the whole industry suffers.
This is an example of something I heard Denis Leary say the other night when he was being interviewed about his new book by O’Reilly. Don’t remember the exact quote, but it was something to the effect that “Americans have been so privileged over the past few generations that we expect nothing bad to happen.”