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Catcher Claims Weak Helmet Ended His Career

MANHATTAN (CN) - A pro ballplayer says his career ended at 22 because Rawlings and Jarden did not supply his club with helmets capable of standing up to a 90 mph fastball. Jordan Wolf says he suffered a skull fracture, seizures and other neurological problems after he was beaned in a Minor League game in April 2008.

Wolf was a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles Minor League affiliate, the Delmarva Shorebirds.

He says that Major League Baseball had agreements with Rawlings Sporting Goods and Jarden Corp., under which it was required to get its batting helmets from those two defendants.

Wolf says the defendants made helmets capable of standing up to a 60 mph pitch, and a better helmet capable of protecting batters from 100 mph fastballs.

He says the defendants should have known that a 60 mph helmet was inadequate for a professional game.

Wolf seeks punitive damages for negligence, breach of warranty and product liability. He is represented in New York County Court by Angela Marcone Giannini with Clark, Gagliardi & Miller.

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