The following protocol has been adopted by the NCAA and must be followed when baseball bats are submitted for BBCOR certification. To be used in NCAA competition, all bats must meet the BBCOR standard, effective January 1, 2011. This protocol has been adopted as an addendum to the NCAA baseball rules and does not supersede the rules.
NEW YORK (AP) – A New York Mets fan is suing the team and Major League Baseball over a flying, broken bat that he says shattered his face.
James G. Falzon’s lawsuits say the severed barrel of a maple bat became “a dangerous projectile” and broke bones in his face during an August 2007 game at the former Shea Stadium. He’s seeking unspecified damages.
Falzon says the team, the league and Rawlings-brand bat maker Jarden Corp. should have done more to protect fans from break-prone maple bats.
The defendants had no immediate response Monday.
An MLB committee found in 2008 that maple bats were three times as likely to break in multiple places as traditional ash bats. The league has since set new bat production standards.
Falzon’s lawsuits were filed Friday in Manhattan.