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.