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Bill Shaikin / SUNDAY REPORT

A bat accident waiting to happen

June 01, 2008|Bill Shaikin

So perhaps the owners and players can agree on banning maple bats, on thicker handles for all bats, or on extending protective netting for fans.

"It's obvious the commissioner is concerned about it," Dodgers spokesman Charles Steinberg said. "The ballclub will follow the commissioner's lead."

And perhaps the reforms could include compensation for injured fans.

The Dodgers have expressed their sympathy to Rhodes, and they did provide first aid. Yet she said they have declined to pay medical expenses -- they could top $30,000, she said -- citing the risk every fan assumes by buying a ticket. You can see the warnings at every ballpark: Beware of bats and balls.

When Selig finally took decisive action on steroids -- after the prodding of Congress and "Game of Shadows" -- he said he could not have lived with himself had a parent ever asked him why he did not act once he learned a danger existed.

The same should be true here. God forbid a kid sitting in the front row at Dodger Stadium takes a bat to the neck, and Mom and Dad ask Selig to pay the funeral expenses.

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bill.shaikin@latimes.com

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, June 06, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 59 words Type of Material: Correction
Baseball bats: In Monday's Sports section, an article about maple bats being used by major league players recalled an incident involving Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager in 1976 when he was hit with parts of a bat that shattered. The article incorrectly said the accident took place at Dodger Stadium. It took place at San Diego Stadium (now Qualcomm Stadium).

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