When Tyler Colvin got hit in the chest from a maple bat splintering it reopened a major controversy about the use of maple bats. The wood is apparently harder than the standard ash bat so players like to use them. The problem is people are getting hurt. It has grabbed the attention of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig who visited Wrigley Friday.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ Website titled “Selig visits Wrigley, discusses broken-bat issue.” Apparently the occurrence of maple bats splintering has lessened by 50 percent since 2008 however Selig doesn’t see that as good enough. In his mind this must be a “zero-tolerance” issue.
A few days ago Cubs’ right fielder Tyler Colvin was on third base when a batter doubled. The maple bat being used splintered driving a splinter into Colvin’s chest puncturing his lung. It was scary because frankly he could have been killed. Now he is home from the hospital.
Cubs’ pitcher Tom Gorzelanny who three weeks ago was hit by a screaming line drive weighed in on the subject. In his opinion the pitcher is the player most at risk since he can be hit by flying bat fragments or balls. I found it interesting that he said that he felt bat fragments could be controlled but balls could not be.
As Muskat reports Selig also weighed in on why baseball’s attendance is down saying that the economy is to blame. That being said the Cubs will top three million in attendance once again.
I don’t think that is totally it. I still think the league suffers from when they went on strike and the NFL better be careful because if they strike the same might happen to them.
The Cubs have been pushing to host an All-Star Game. The year they are trying to get is 2014. The reason is that is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. So far Commissioner Selig has been very noncommittal about the issue. That says to me that he is not hot on the idea. While Wrigley is a great old park it is exactly that, old.
And, I’m not sure the Major Leagues are going to want to fit that big of an event into such a small venue.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Selig visits Wrigley, discusses broken-bat issue”