Aluminum Baseball Bat Called Dangerous
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A teenage pitcher suffered serious head injuries from a ball hit by an "unreasonably dangerous" aluminum baseball bat, he claims in a lawsuit against the bat makers.
Cole Schlesner sued Easton Sports and affiliates, in Superior Court. He claims the defendants made and advertised their BT265 bats as "provid(ing) the most efficient energy transfer from handle to barrel for maximum bat head whip and a quicker bat."
Numerous lawsuits have been filed around the nation from parents of children who were hit by balls off of aluminum bats. The parents typically claim, as here, that the lightweight, hard bats allow young players to hit baseballs far harder and faster than traditional wooden bats.
In fact, Schlesner claims, Easton "touted the fact that its line ofBT265 Bats are made with Sc900 scandium alloy, a composite material, that it hailed as able to provide maximum handle flex 2 times greater than aluminum bats."
Schlesner was hit in the head 4 years ago while pitching in a league game in Loveland, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb.
The metal alloy enables hitters to strike balls "harder and faster and farther than with other bats," the lawsuit states.
Specifically, the "BT265 bat designed and marketed by Easton caused a ball to be hit with greater exit velocity or the speed at which a hit ball comes off the bat, also referred to as Ball Exit Speed Ratio (or BESR), than that generated by other aluminum bats," according to the complaint.
That means balls may be hit so hard or fast that players do not have time to react or protect themselves, Schlesner claims.
That puts players at risk of injury or death, but Easton did not warn players about the bat's "known design and manufacturing defects," according to Schlesner.
He seeks damages for product liability, breach of express warranty, negligence, negligent design, fraud and other counts.
Named as defendants are Easton Sports, Riddell Bell Holdings, RBG Holdings, and Easton-Bell's parent company, Fenway Partners.
Schlesner is represented by Stephen Behnke with Wright & Schulte of Dayton, Ohio.
Easton-Bell did not immediately respond to a request for comment after business hours Tuesday.