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.