At some point “baseball will succumb to demands for more netting whether or not it’s what teams or most fans want. If they don’t, cities like New York will undoubtedly compel them.” [Jonathan S. Tobin, The Federalist]
Performance-enhancing drugs: “After getting what it wanted — the Biogenesis founder’s testimony and evidence against Alex Rodriguez — MLB has dropped its lawsuit against Tony Bosch. …Bosch did not agree to assist MLB until it filed suit against him in February.” [Deadspin]
Parents at a Brevard County school want to chip in to upgrade the local team, but that would risk triggering an impermissible gender imbalance. [Saving Sports] Also, why Title IX has been less helpful than one might think for women’s gymnastics; and Alison Schmauch has a new paper on Title IX for the Federalist Society. Update: school board rejects parents’ request (Florida Today h/t Gitarcarver, Saving Sports)
A New Mexico appeals court says the stadium can be sued. [AmLaw Daily]
A state Supreme Court ruling that allows a Bettendorf woman to sue over injuries her daughter suffered when she was struck with an errant bat at a minor-league baseball game threatens the spirit of America’s pastime, according to a judge who said his fellow justices have “taken a mighty swing … and missed by a mile.”
Cynthia Sweeney had signed a liability waiver, but sued anyway after her daughter, sitting in the bleachers as part of a school field trip, was struck by a bat that went flying. For more baseball-liability reports, follow our baseball tag.
Filling in a detail readers wondered about before, on why Little League was named as a defendant: “The game in which Steven Domalewski sustained the injury was a Police Athletic League contest rather than a Little League event. Attorney Ernest Fronzuto countered that Little League Baseball officially approved the bat and by its actions led players, coaches and parents to believe the bat was safe for play among 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds.” (Bob Condor, “Living Well: Youth baseball injury stats: Ouch!”, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jun. 1).
“A New Jersey couple, whose son was struck in the chest with a line drive, is planning to sue the maker of a metal baseball bat used in the game.” The family of Steven Domalewski “contends metal baseball bats are inherently unsafe for youth games because the ball comes off them much faster than from wooden bats. The lawsuit will also be filed against Little League Baseball and a sporting goods chain that sold the bat.” (AP/FoxNews.com, May 18). Earlier: Apr. 19 and Dec. 30, 2002.