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SmootSmack 07-24-2007 11:39 PM

Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
[url=http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA072407.1D.FloresColumn.en.345d7d3.html]MySA.com: KENS 5: Sports[/url]

Here's audio of the hit (tragic)

[url=http://www.deuceofdavenport.com/2007/07/radio-call-of-line-drive-that-killed.html]Deuce of Davenport: Radio Call of Line Drive That Killed 1st Base Coach[/url]

70Chip 07-24-2007 11:46 PM

Re: Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
Does anyone know how many deaths there have been from being hit by a baseball?

SmootSmack 07-24-2007 11:48 PM

Re: Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
[QUOTE=70Chip;332625]Does anyone know how many deaths there have been from being hit by a baseball?[/QUOTE]

Supposedly this is only the second time

[url=http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=49472]Today's THV - KTHV Little Rock News Article[/url]

Though this might just be pro baseball they're talking about

Monkeydad 07-25-2007 01:18 PM

Re: Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
It has to be more than 2. Are they just talking about that league?

Definitely it's not as many as it could be, especially for pitchers. It's like being in front of a cannon on any line drive back up the middle.

Monkeydad 07-25-2007 01:27 PM

Re: Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
My nephew knocked a kid out with a pitch to the helmet once. He was a great pitcher, struck almost every batter out, but one pitch slipped out of his hand and the kid went down. They were only like 9 and 10 years old, but he threw hard enough to bring a kid down. He was OK luckily because of the batting helmet but a pitcher is pretty vulnerable on line drives.

Don't worry too much, it really is a fluke when it happens (someone gets hit by a line drive). The kids will most likely be fine, so don't hold them back from playing out of fear. I played and was hit by a lot of wild pitches and I survived. :)

Deaths are really rare, mainly out of luck I'd guess though.

SmootSmack 07-25-2007 01:32 PM

Re: Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
I hit a batter once in the head while pitching and it knocked him out. By a fluke, I got him right under the bill of his helmet and square on the forehead as he turned to swing. He was out cold for a bit.

It freaked the hell out of me, I thought I had just killed him. My next several pitches were away (way away). Think I had like 3 wild pitches in a row. I was just so afraid to go back inside. I had to be pulled from the game to get my composure together for the next game.

But like Buster says, it really is a fluke

Monkeydad 07-25-2007 01:35 PM

Re: Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
[quote=SmootSmack;332829]I hit a batter once in the head while pitching and it knocked him out. By a fluke, I got him right under the bill of his helmet and square on the forehead as he turned to swing. He was out cold for a bit.

It freaked the hell out of me, I thought I had just killed him. My next several pitches were away (way away). Think I had like 3 wild pitches in a row. I was just so afraid to go back inside. I had to be pulled from the game to get my composure together for the next game.

But like Buster says, it really is a fluke[/quote]

HA...he swung at a pitch coming between his eyes? He deserved to get hit... :cheeky-sm

Yeah, my nephew lost his control for the rest of that game too. I can't blame him, he was only a kid. I had to pull him for a reliever. (I was his coach) I didn't want him to hit another kid because he was the hardest -throwing pitcher in the league.

Monkeydad 07-25-2007 01:37 PM

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Here Hessy... [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1492I4PqwY"]YouTube - Randy Johnson hits bird with 95MPH fastball[/URL]

Just showing you how a baseball accident is completely by chance and an accident is by total chance and isn't likely to be repeated in the same way twice.

I don't want to take away from the seriousness of the thread. It really is horrible that a family lost a father and husband. :(

Monkeydad 07-25-2007 02:33 PM

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[quote=hesscl34;332878]My son is a catcher.. a very good one. So at least he's the one with all the gear on.[/quote]

Yeah, he's fine. :)

SmootSmack 07-26-2007 10:22 AM

Re: Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
[QUOTE=hesscl34;333099]Now we hear a 12year old girl is killed this same way???? The next day????

[url=http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/nation/4998561.html]Michigan girl dies after being hit in head by softball | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle[/url][/QUOTE]

Wow!

(I edited your post to put in a better link that goes directly to the story)

BDBohnzie 07-26-2007 10:31 AM

Re: Line Drive Kills Minor League Coach
 
what a freak coincidence...quite tragic.

I read about a lacrosse player that got hit in a simliar fashion (ball to chest) where it stops their heart beat and they never recover. Crazy stuff.


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