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    Baseball coach killed by line drive
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    Heard that coming back from lunch. Man, that's awful. Talk about freak accidents.

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    Man oh man, what a tragedy. His wife is pregnant and due in a few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachcom
    Man oh man, what a tragedy. His wife is pregnant and due in a few months.
    Yes, that is a bummer of the worst kind. Such a freak accident.
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    He's from Binghamton, NY, just down the road from here. Also the town in which Billy Martin died.

    This is indeed a sad story...
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    I read this article this morning, sad indeed. Maybe they will wear proctective gear like the players do, it will look weird but will definitely save a life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emilio-ARC
    I read this article this morning, sad indeed. Maybe they will wear proctective gear like the players do, it will look weird but will definitely save a life.
    Dodger announcer Vin Scully has been campaigning for decades to require base coachs to wear batting helmets, to no avail. Maybe now something will happen.
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    I am pretty sure there is already one major league 3rd base coach that wears a helmet. Can't remember who though. I know when Gary Sheffield comes up, the Tigers 3rd base coach stands almost in the dugout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chet_B
    I am pretty sure there is already one major league 3rd base coach that wears a helmet. Can't remember who though. I know when Gary Sheffield comes up, the Tigers 3rd base coach stands almost in the dugout.
    Yeah, it would seem like common sense wouldn't it? It's kind of ironic that in a society that is so advanced in so many areas, that common sense safety measures are often overlooked.

    A good example are motorcycle riders who do not wear a helmet. Sure, it looks "cooler" without a helmet, but a head doesn's look so cool when it hits the pavement or another vehicle at 65 MPH.

    Hopefully this poor man's tragedy may catch the commissioners attention and a basic common sense solution results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chet_B
    I am pretty sure there is already one major league 3rd base coach that wears a helmet. Can't remember who though. I know when Gary Sheffield comes up, the Tigers 3rd base coach stands almost in the dugout.
    Mark McGuire's third base coach used to do the same thing. He said there was no way he could get out of the way if it was coming his way.

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    I feel bad for the baseball player, that's got to be horrible, knowing a ball you hit killed somebody.
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    You're right Elbow. He might not be taking a full cut at the ball for quite some time. Although a complete accidental tragedy with no one at fault, his guilt must be awful.
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    When I was playing ball in high school I hit a foul ball and it hit a kid on the foot. He started crying pretty hard and had to limp out of the game. I felt pretty bad about it. I can't even imagine how this guy is feeling right now.

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    It's certainly a rough go. My thoughts and prayers go out to both families involved. Such a freak accident!

    It would definitely be hard to really put your heart into swinging a bat after that. I hope the organization is paying for the guy to see a counselor!
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    I read this story yesterday and my heart goes out to that family. It's such a freak accident and to be taken so young is always a tragedy.

    I was probably saved by a batting helmet. I don't know why base coaches aren't required to wear them. During softball practice in high school, I was running home from third. I was two steps away from home when the JV first baseman threw a fastball directly at my head. The ball glanced the helmet and shattered my glasses before hitting my left eye. I was fortunate enough to end up with just a concussion, a black eye, and a broken pair of glasses. Thank goodness it wasn't the varsity first baseman. She threw much harder and faster. Needless to say, practice ended early that day.
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