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Fan sues NY Mets, claims injuries from broken bat

Published: Mon, August 9, 2010 @ 5:12 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Mets fan who says a flying piece of a broken baseball bat shattered his face is suing the team and Major League Baseball.

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 Atlanta Braves game at the former Shea Stadium. He’s seeking unspecified damages.

Falzon says the team, the league and Rawlings-brand bat maker the Jarden Corp. should have done more to protect fans from break-prone maple bats.

The defendants declined to comment Monday.

A Major League Baseball committee in 2008 found 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.


1paulydel(1569 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

What a jerk. I just read the story about the Holko family now I read about this jackass. Anyone going to a baseball game or plays the game of baseball for fun knows that anything could happen. I'm sure the team will pay his medical expenses but thats all he should get. He's just looking for a quick dollar in my opinion.

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2Asil43(3 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

You forget that most of the time both sides want to reach an agreement but the insurance companies intervene. Obviously he must have had some extensive injuries and should be compensated accordingly. Missed work, pain and suffering now and what he will deal with in the future. The price of tickets, team logo items, and other things sold to the public will keep the major leagues in plenty of money. They need to pay up.

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3metrodawg(70 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

He will get nothing. This happens at least once a year, always with the same results. The back of the ticket says fans assume the risk of sitting where they can be struck by balls, bats, etc. They will never pay. Can't afford to open that can of worms.

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4Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

".......should be compensated accordingly."

When you buy a baseball ticket you agree to what is on the back of every baseball ticket. As follows:
"The holder assumes all risk and danger incidental to the Event, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the Event, including specifically, the danger of being injured by thrown bats, thrown or batted balls and objects thrown from the stands for entertainment purposes and agrees the <MLB team> , Major League Baseball, the Participating Clubs, their agents and players and other individuals are not liable for injuries resulting from such causes.

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5OhioWatcher(43 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

True baseball fans understand that you have to pay attention to every pitch. Especially if you're in seats that are close to the action.

Put you're hands up and don't get hit in the face next time, Moron.

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6lefty83(313 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

He should be able to sue the mets for lack of support.they suck.

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