Coming Soon: Stupid Warning Labels on Baseball Bats for Stupid People Thanks to Stupid Lawyers and a Stupid Jury

Did I mention that this seems stupid?

A Montana jury has found the maker of Louisville Slugger bats failed to adequately warn about the dangers its product can pose.

Hillerich and Bradsby has been ordered to pay $850,000 to the family of 18-year-old Brandon Patch. The teenager was killed during a 2003 baseball game after being struck in the head by a batted ball off an aluminum bat while pitching during an American Legion game in Helena, MT.

The Patch family argued aluminum bats are dangerous because they cause the ball to travel faster than those hit off wooden bats.


Part of the Hillerich & Bradsby statement released follwing the verdict:

The verdict that our company “failed to adequately warn of the dangers of the bat” has left us puzzled. It seems contradictory for the jury to say the bat is not defective but our company failed to warn that it could be dangerous. It appears to be an indictment of the entire sport of baseball. Anyone who has ever played the game, or any sport for that matter, understands there are risks inherent in baseball and the object is to use a bat, whether wood or aluminum, to hit the ball hard. Unfortunately, this verdict seems to be a statement on the society we live in today, that everything must have a warning label.

The parents run a web site which includes a link for people to Report an Injury:

If you have heard of a player being injured, Pee Wee to the College level, please click the mail box below to send us an email on an injury that you have heard about!

Information needed would be the date, location, player’s name, team name, who they were playing against, type of injury, newspaper links, etc…

All reports will be confidential unless the reporter would like to have their story made public.

Thanks for your help!

It also has Photos of the inside of an aluminum baseball bat

As you click on the photos, keep in mind the “trampoline” effect that these aluminum bats create once a baseball is hit…The photos of the bat you are looking at has a thicker shell then the new aluminum bat models of today. Why? To create the “trampoline” effect and to compete against other bat manufacturers to see who can build the best bat. All this at the cost of our young men and women’s lives being at stake with every pitch.

For the record, Mudoc thinks wooden bats are the way to go. For the record, Murdoc cannot fathom what possibly caused anyone to blame the bat for the accident. Also for the record, Murdoc thinks this is stupid.

I hadn’t heard of Brandon Patch until today. From now on, Brandon Patch will be that kid whose stupid parents sued the bat maker. Hard to believe that parents who lost a son to a tragic accident can come out looking stupid. But, apparently, it happens some times.

Way to cash in. Enjoy the money.


  1. I am amazed (and I should not be) a jury would agree with a conviction. All is I can come up is none of them are members of the current “Tea Party” group as they are too stupid to be. Thus, they MUST BE OBOTS!

  2. clearly they should have sued Newton because of the laws of physics.

    I often wonder if there is more than hits the article when it comes to stuff like this. It just seems too idiotic for 12 random people to agree to something like this, when there are decades of previous use with no legal problems. Shouldn’t a lethal implement be recognized as such before many many decades of its existence have passed?

    But maybe the prosecution had the unfrozen caveman lawyer or something and just dazzled the jury.

  3. Also, otherwise good and rational people can often end up pursuing stuff like this out of grief. They got struck by the hand of chance, and it sucks. People have a built in need to find a cause, to come up with a reason, so they don’t feel so powerless and lost. Unfortunately sometimes there isn’t a cause, life is just random.

    Getting 12 jurors to go along with it though is another matter.

  4. ATTENTION ALL FOOTBALL PARENTS: Pull your kids out of Pop Warner now before they make your kid get a warning tattoo.

    And all us Rugby players will certainly soon be arrested for aggravated assault. And battery.

  5. These grieving (but idiotic) parents will join the same ranks as that idiotic woman who sued McD’s over the hot coffee in her lap – and the jury that awarded her the big bucks.

    Idiots all – plaintiffs AND juries!

  6. “The Patch family argued aluminum bats are dangerous because they cause the ball to travel faster than those hit off wooden bats. ”

    Really bizarre, and the family doesnt seem very smart (or they prefer to not to). Because what really causes the ball to trave faster is the person swinging the bat. This is almost like suing a gun company because the gun used to killed had a long barrel, what drives the bullet faster…

  7. I just sent this email to the link above:

    Subject: Soldier in Afghanistan, as American as baseball

    To Whom it May Concern,

    I am currently serving in Afghanistan near Kabul. I am ashamed that parents would sue a bat maker for the death of their grown son. After all, the parents probably encouraged Mr. Brandon Patch to play baseball as a child. Therefore, the parents themselves are partially to blame for his death, if the same logic that the lawsuit was based on is used. Now, if parents want their children safe from any sport, they should resort to video games.

    Maybe I should sue the maker of the soft-ball that hit me in the face while playing the game in Guam, 25 years ago.
    Or the manufacturer of the camera I was using when I got hit in the shin by a base-ball while shooting a TYBA coach pitch game in Tennessee about 10 years ago. I hope you all see the point.

    I would like to thank the following people for the latest in frivolous lawsuit success stories: The Patch family, the Lawyers, and the Jury on this case. You are all so worth fighting for. Please enjoy your spoils. Whether or not you keep the money, you have started a dangerous precedent. Take care and God-Bless you all.


    Vincent R. Van Sciver, CPL, USA

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