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(Sports by Brooks)   Aluminum can of worms: Court rules injured pitcher can sue baseball bat company   ( sportsbybrooks.com) divider line
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2002-12-29 05:41:42 PM  
Why is it that every single day, something else breaks the record for "stupidest thing I've ever heard"
2002-12-29 05:43:23 PM  
Does size matter?
2002-12-29 05:43:40 PM  
...SOMEbody's choosing all the survey articles...too bad they didn't confirm this one.
2002-12-29 05:43:40 PM  
My answer is "sex cauldron"
2002-12-29 05:43:47 PM  
I don't know Shroomer, but you just got my vote
2002-12-29 05:45:27 PM  
I'm gonna go back and sue everyine that ever hit me with a puck where I did not have pads. That'll learn 'em.

Of course, it also taught me to never turn my back on the play.
2002-12-29 05:47:42 PM  
And on that note, I'm going to shoot my left foot with a Smith & Wesson, and sue them. Or maybe I'll trip on a rock and sue mother nature. One more thing...

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2002-12-29 05:48:40 PM  
"He is seeking the unspecified value of his scholarship, medical costs and earnings he would have received had he finished college."

How much would he have earned with phrase "You want fries with that?" Seriously, just because he had a baseball scholarship doesn't mean he would have finished college. Just some other loser wanting a free ride....
2002-12-29 05:49:58 PM  
I wonder if he would have felt better if he had been hit by a wood Louisville slugger.
2002-12-29 05:55:18 PM  
This is what happens when we don't get tort reform.
2002-12-29 05:56:17 PM  
Vote for me. A vote for me is a vote for......I dunno......Pudding?
2002-12-29 05:58:06 PM  
I threw a dart at my eye yesterday. Now im blind. Im sueing the dart company for not telling me not to do that.
2002-12-29 05:58:08 PM  
Everyone knows that it is the Earth itself to blame. If the gravitational forces had been corrected, he never would have been hit.

Then again, maybe he should sue the Sun or the Moon.
2002-12-29 06:10:50 PM  
I think the lawsuit is based upon the manufacturers are producing aluminum bats now that cause the balls to leave the bat with MUCH greater velocity than wooden bats. What the judge stated, but this weak excuse for journalism didn't point out, is that there are NCAA documents stating that the aluminum bats poise a much greater risk of injury to pitches due to an increase in velocity.

I have heard talkl of aluminum bats being banned in some kids leagues and iunnhigh school play because of the increased risk these bats have contributed to.

Equate these bats with being wooden ones loaded with cork.
2002-12-29 06:13:55 PM  
Shouldn't he sue the player for hitting him with the ball and the ball maker for making the ball too hard, and the uniform makers for not making the uniforms protective enough that he wouldn't get hurt?

Maybe he should sue his mom for having such a farking stupid baby.
2002-12-29 06:34:57 PM  
2002-12-29 06:35:43 PM  
Sorry Shroomer, didn't see your post.
2002-12-29 06:36:51 PM  
When I read the headline I assumed the bat broke and hit him. No, it's baseball and he got a ball shot back at him. WTF? I say every person who was hit by this pitcher sue him in turn. Getting hit by a pitch, even accidentally, damaged their ability to play without fear. Without fear they would have gone pro and earned millions every year. shiat -- do this down to little league and the guy will lose not only what he gets out of this stupid lawsuit but the small fortune he'll make handing fries across a counter.
2002-12-29 06:47:44 PM  
There should be some kind of penalty for filing idiotic lawsuits.
2002-12-29 07:00:05 PM  
We need a "loser pays costs" system really badly. That would cut down on all sorts of nonsense suits. And, how about a "three strikes" rule (no pun intended)--file three loser suits, and the attorney is disbarred for a year?
2002-12-29 07:10:06 PM  
I am going to sue the the guy who filed the law suit because it is causing me mental stress causing me not to want to watch any sports anymore. Whilst deep in thought about this, I also tripped and fell chopping off my head so I am going to sue the bat company for causing me to lose my head also. I may also sue FARK for posting this and forcing me to read it because there was no other crap to read at the time.
2002-12-29 07:19:02 PM  

That is not the risk you assume when you play ball,"said Sanchez's lawyer, Wendy Cole Lascher. "That you can't get out of the way.""



I can sue the makers of a red rubber ball because I didn't get out of the way when someone kicked it at me?

I can sue the manufacturers of a, a pen? Because someone threw it at me and hit me in the eye and I didn't blink?

This shiat it REALLY getting out of hand. They need to fully adopt fines for frivolous court filings and Wendy Cole Lascher needs to be disbarred for life.

Fugging preposterous.
2002-12-29 07:37:38 PM  
if i saw that bïtch and had an aluminum bat with me he would not live to sue the bat manufacturer.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2002-12-29 07:38:14 PM  
I just read the appeals court decision. I'm glad I live in a state where lawsuits over sports injuries are discouraged.

The manufacturer invented a better bat. It was allowed at the time of the incident but the NCAA changed its mind the following summer.

The plaintiff ``had signed a disclaimer form acknowledging that his participation on the team carried a risk of injury, specifically including brain damage, and consenting to assume the risk of such injury.'' He testified that he was aware that pitchers may be hit by line drives.

The court said none of that matters because the bat might have been more dangerous than an ordinary aluminum bat, or an ordinary wooden bat.

Following the court decision, anything that increases risk may be the basis for a lawsuit, even if the injured party had accepted the risk.

The appeals court seems to have followed the reasoning that led the U. S. Supreme Court to say that golfers can ride instead of walk. Who cares what the players, coaches, and organizers think. We decide what baseball is.

Hmm...voting...a vote for me is a vote for tort reform and expelling California from the United States of America.
2002-12-29 08:03:39 PM  
I vote to take every asshat judge who allows this sort of nonsense and remove themn from the bench along with the entire 9th appeals. (The "under God" striking folks.)

I wouldn't care except my tax dollars pay for it. And I feel like I'm getting ripped off by these clowns.
2002-12-29 08:06:01 PM  
This is a joke right?

I'm with previous posters on this, losers of frivilous suits should have to pay all costs. Make the lawyers start paying half of those costs as well. I like the 3 strike thing for lawyers as well.
2002-12-29 08:07:32 PM  
The suit IS ridiculous since he signed a waiver HOWEVER I think any medicals should be covered.
The main problem is that until the Aluminum bat manafactures design a less "reactive" bat (which they say they are working on)they should be banned except for batting practise.
The problem is with human reflexes, if I remeber a test correctly it is close to 1/2 a sec from bat to pitcher which "most" players are unable to react to in time.
2002-12-29 08:09:53 PM  
Vote for Colene HERE
2002-12-29 08:11:34 PM  
I am against anything PC for the most part. But I honestly feel that aluminium bats should be banned from college play for the following reasons:

1) College players who later go on to the minors or pros would be used to wooden bats.
2) The new triple walled aluminium bats and the like injure and kill people every year in softball. They are too high tech for their own good (plus players get physically stronger every year).

If pros used current aluminium bats, the number of injured pitchers and homeruns would skyrocket.
2002-12-29 09:00:43 PM  
Are lawyers having a contest for stupid lawsuits? And it says the pitcher was hit on "the mound". What body part is that? Oh, wait. It's California. So the pitcher, who is in the middle of his sex change procedure, gets whacked in the area where his balls used to be, and can sue the bat manufacturer? God bless America.
2002-12-29 09:05:53 PM  
There's nothing wrong with this lawsuit. He's going to have to pay big bucks to go to court and dispute this. If there is any shred of integrity left in America, he will lose. In the meantime he'll be out court costs, lawyer fees, stress, etc.
2002-12-29 09:06:59 PM  

I'm hoping against hope that you're joking.

If not, the mound is the pile of dirt the pitcher pitches from.

If you are, then I'm a moron. Nothing new to see here.
2002-12-29 09:19:21 PM  
This suit it very real. Hopefully it will be put down quickly.

My big question (as mentioned earlier in the thread) - why did losing his scholarship mean he had to quit school? He couldn't get a job and take out a loan like half the world does every day?
2002-12-29 09:28:54 PM  
someone take out the asshat judge with an aluminum baseball bat for not throwing this case out of the window!
2002-12-29 10:16:50 PM  
....and justice surrenders...
2002-12-29 11:00:48 PM  
That is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard. i slipped on some ice outside the house the other day and fell on a concrete step and hurt my back.

Im going to sue Nike because they didnt tell me walking could be dangerous.

I hope that guy dies in a gutter.
2002-12-29 11:07:24 PM  
I'm going to sue god for making morons like this exist.
2002-12-29 11:14:25 PM  
2002-12-29 11:21:31 PM  
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2002-12-29 11:43:39 PM  
Just another example of how the Bush administration is using the threat of getting beaned to make money for his big business... uh... well... nevermind.

2002-12-30 12:01:39 AM  
As your President, the first order of my office will be to send in the military to California and Florida to "sort things out".
2002-12-30 12:25:16 AM  
whats next? all the kids who used to be short slow and chubby suing makers of gym class rubber balls class action style because they were hit with them and picked on in gym class??
2002-12-30 12:48:36 AM  
I would like to sue the bastard who is suing the bat company, for upsetting me when I read he's suing the bat company for something so stupid. That really offends me. And when I get offended, I SUE! God Bless America. Now where's my money?
2002-12-30 01:35:56 AM  
I got hit right in the face trying to catch a pop-fly when I was a child. I never played softball again and missed a potentially valuable college scholarship. Should I be suing the ball manufacturer since the softball was actually larger and potentially more dangerous than a typical baseball? Or does this ruling clear the way for me to easily go after the bat maker? In any case, that so-called "soft" ball sure didn't feel soft to me. I think the design was defective and the manufacturer should be held criminally negligent. Maybe I'll just sue both of them, the softball association and the city parks/recreation department for not putting up protective safety fences in front of each of the young players.
2002-12-30 03:54:00 AM  
...in this Modern World, all Responsibility now rests with whoever has the most money; the only trueJustice happens when large checks are cut. The individual citizen is now the eternal child of...something(s), or someone(s), and can never be expected to take even the most basic responsibility for any aspect of their existence.
2002-12-30 08:34:37 AM  
Why isn't he suing the guy who hit the ball? He did it...
2002-12-30 01:22:02 PM  
I got hit right in the face trying to catch a pop-fly when I was a child. I never played softball again and missed a potentially valuable college scholarship.

You know how those colleges throw money at the kids who can't catch pop flys. Every team needs one of those.
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