Patch Poll: Are Aluminum Bats Too Dangerous?

Steven Domalewski of Wayne, NJ was 12 years old when he was hit by a batted ball off an aluminum bat in a Little League baseball game, leaving him with brain damage. His family won a $14.5 million settlement against the makers of the bat Wednesday.

Steven Domalewski of Wayne, NJ was a 12-year-old Little League pitcher in 2006 when a ball struck by an aluminum bat struck him in the chest.

Domalewski's heart stopped. He was revived, but his brain had been deprived of oxygen for at least 15 minutes, causing brain damage. Now 19, Domalewski has regained some ability to speak, but he is wheelchair bound and nearly blind.

According to the Bergen Record, his family accepted a $14.5 million settlement with the makers of the bat Wednesday. Though changes have been made, particularly in New Jersey, to use safer metal bats, concerns regarding the danger they can create remain. 

Some softball players wear facemasks and heart protectors due to similar health concerns.  

Some argue that youth baseball leagues should only use wood bats, though that creates a financial issue because wood bats break.

Tell us what you think in the poll and comments below. 

Ryan Buncher August 24, 2012 at 04:29 PM
For those who might have questions about commenting on Patch, please see our terms of service. This is a sad story, though it seems to have inspired some positive changes in the manufacturing of metal bats.
pumpkin patch August 24, 2012 at 06:21 PM
What about composite bats (such as what college baseball is now using)?
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