Baseball Stadium Injuries, Quantified

by Robert Rodriguez on

baseball foul ballNearly all aspects of baseball can be quantified, including baseball stadium injuries to fans. David Glovin, in a recent Bloomberg article, tackled that challenge and found that about 1,750 fans are injured every year by batted balls. Most injuries are caused by the roughly 53,000 foul balls that reach the seats.

Many foul balls are relatively harmless high popups that drift into the stands, and provide fans with plenty of time to react either to catch it, or duck out of the way. However, other foul balls are line drives that leave the bat around 100 m.p.h. To perhaps illustrate the differences in reaction time, pop ups almost never become hits, deeper fly balls become hits about 15% of the time, and line drives become hits about 70% of the time (home runs excluded). Fans along the infield foul lines may have barely one second to react to well-hit line drives, as an 80 m.p.h line drive travels 117 feet per second.

While catching a foul ball is the aspiration of many who go to a baseball game, there are many spectators not paying attention to every single pitch or who are too young to adequately protect themselves. The Bloomberg article has many cautionary tales about children who have been injured in recent years by foul balls.

Baseball stadium owners have no liability for batted ball injuries to fans if adequate precautions are taken. Adequate precautions has long meant using a screen to protect fans immediately behind home plate. A batter fouling a pitch straight back would provide fans with just a split second to react if there was no netting around home plate. So while this precaution is sensible, the Bloomberg article makes a convincing case that more precautions should be implemented, even if the Baseball Rule currently does not mandate it.

Certainly, adding more nets would increase the cost to stadium owners, but perhaps a more important factor would be how fans would react to more nets. There is also a potential that adding nets in some stadiums could lead a court in the future to mandate their use, though this possibility exists already. With the slow-moving nature of change in baseball, it seems very unlikely that any protections to reduce baseball stadium injuries will be added soon.

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One of the most famous sports in the country these days is baseball. In fact, there are now lots of people aspiring to be a great baseball player out there. Its popularity did not only stop in the country but even in other countries as well. The rules of the game are simple. It needs two teams with nine players each. The playing ground is shaped in diamond, and it uses two main equipment, the ball, and the bat. If you don’t know what a baseball dugout is, it is the area where the bench of the team is located. It is near the home plate.

The dugout is very useful especially to the players, personnel, and coaches who are not playing. Aside from that, it is also an important area to store baseball equipment. If you want to know the reasons for choosing a concrete solution to rebuild a baseball dugout, then you need to read this article for the answers.

It is important that the dugout is designed according to its final shape and size. The proper length must be 30 feet long. It must also be 8 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide. Because it is a place for baseball players to sit down, space must be enough for an entire baseball team. Since it also stores equipment, the size of the storage must be sufficient. Before you start rebuilding the baseball dugout, you must first make its basic frame. In order to do so, you can use wood posts to start constructing it.

The good thing is that you only need four posts to form a baseball dugout frame. Aside from that, the roof must only be simple. Since you need to cut the wood posts to fit its size, you need a power saw to do it. Make sure you cut the wood posts to 10 feet lengths to match its 8 feet height. In other words, you need an additional 2 feet for the wood posts which you are going to bury into the ground. When it comes to making outlines for the baseball dugout, you need each corner to have four holes which are also around 2 feet deep.

To start rebuilding the baseball dugout, mix water and cement in order to create a cement mixture. You can do this well if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions well. Every hole must have one wood posts placed. If you can’t hold each pole by yourself, ask someone to do it for you. This is to ensure that the wood posts are in place while you pour the cement mixture into it. Since there are four wood posts in each corner, you need to make sure that they are level with each other. Make sure you leave them all dry overnight. The next day, you should use a beam to connect those four wood posts on top of them. Make sure that the shaft is positioned well using screws to keep them secure. You also need to tighten the screws into the wood using a screwdriver. Before you do this, you still need to use a power drill so that you can create holes where you are going to place the screws.

The truth is that it is not that difficult to rebuild the baseball dugout using concrete. In fact, when you are done, you can already use it after few hours. The preparation time is only minimal, and there is no need to spend so much money to rebuild it. The reason why this has become famous these days is that it is effective in cutting back costs. Aside from that, you don’t need to spend so much on its maintenance. When choosing to rebuild a baseball dugout, you get to choose many different finishes, sizes, and colors from the many options available. You can also customize it according to your preferences.

Make sure you design your baseball dugout according to your preferences or standard. Aside from that, you also need to consider the surrounding architecture in order to match your dugout with them. When it comes to installing the roof, you need to use Plexiglas panels to cover the wooden frame. You can use roof nails in order for the frame to be attached. Don’t forget to use a hammer when securing the roof nails. Don’t forget to use metal net in between the posts close each corner. Only one corner, the front part of the dugout remains to be open.

This article was kindly provided by AAA Concreting, the number one concrete contractor in Houston.

Pitch Counts – How to Keep Your Pitchers Safe

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The USA Baseball’s Medical Advisory Group which consists of leading sports surgeons as well as former professional players has announced new guidelines that parents and coaches should use in order to keep pitchers safe. Please don’t leave it up to the pitcher to track the number of pitches he has thrown in a game. Coaches should track each pitchers weekly and monthly pitch count totals. We encourage parents to track their son’s pitch total as well. Remember, counting innings isn’t enough.

We recommend you count pitches during a game rather than innings as you could easily throw as few as 3 pitches or 20, 30 or more pitches in an inning. Please read the following guidelines and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Pitch Counts By Age…

  • Ages 9-10. 50 Pitches per game. 75 Pitches per week. 1,000 pitches per season. 2,000 pitches per year
  • Ages 11-12. 75 Pitches per game. 100 pitches per week. 1,000 pitches per season. 2,000 pitches per year.
  • Ages 13-14. 75 Pitches per game. 125 pitches per week. 1,000 pitches per season. 3,000 pitches per year.
  • Ages 15-18. 100 pitches per game. 150 pitches per week. 1,500 pitches per season. 3,500 pitches per year.

Benefits of Batting Cage Workouts

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If you’ve ever played competitive baseball or fastpitch softball, then you know that the mechanics of the swing need to be constantly tuned and improved. Case in point, let’s assume you or your child are making the move out of the city rec leagues into a more competive atmosphere such as the North Oakland Baseball Federation.

Going from a more “little-league” feel where the pitchers are tossing meatballs straight down the middle at 45-50 mph to a more structured and competitive league where all of sudden the kids are a bit taller and stronger and most are consistently firing fastballs at 70 mph. The only way to do that is with:

  • repetition
  • improved hand-eye coordination
  • most importantly–sound muscle memory

Even if the team holds two practices per week, it’s simply not feasible to expect to receive enough swings at the plate to find a groove and comfort zone. Without question, the #1 way to simulate the appropiate learning environment is with an adjustable batting cage. Adjusting to the increase in velocity is essential to any ball player’s success and improvement.

Fast forward a couple years, say, sophomore year and the power and arsenal of pitches continues to expand. Now you’ve got high school teams with pitchers that can hit 80+mph on the gun, paint the outside corner knee-high at will–not to mention the almost definite probability of facing curveballs for the first time. It doesn’t matter if the hurler has a filthy12-to-6 curve that drops off the table or a fledgling slurve that breaks slightly.  The bottom line is that most high school hitters–no matter if they’re on the freshman, JV, or Varsity squad–struggle mightily when they are exposed to curveballs.

Go to any High School game and I assure you that you’ll see some unfortunate batters expose their weakness handling breaking pitches as their knees buckle or bail out of the box at a pitch they think is coming at their shoulder–only to break right over the plate. It’s not uncommon to see them so baffled they do a 180 contorted spin as they hit the deck wondering what the heck just happened.

Fortunately, players can be proactive and use of one our precise, custom jug machines that will consistently fling curveballs of various bends and speeds. Do you want to impress your coaches, teammates, or perhaps scouts? Show them you can confidently recognize, process and hang in there on a breaking ball and drive it to the opposite field.

It’s a safe assumption that almost every single ball-player does not have access to a parent, neighbor or friend that can effectively throw consistent curveballs to emulate the proper approach. Even if they did, using the batting cages at DBA is the best way to introduce and practice solid swings when you can confidently stand in the box knowing what type of movement to expect without the fear of being beaned when a player is first introduced to these types of pitches.

A Long Time Baseball Fan Memories

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One has to remember that in 1988, the L.A. Dodgers were playing the powerhouse Oakland Athletics. This team had the bash brothers in Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. In addition, they had perennial closer Dennis Eckersley. He had 45 saves that year and the A’s were favored by many to take the Series.

Gibson came up in the bottom of the ninth with one man on base and the Dodgers trailing 4-3. Gibson had not played in this game at all due to injuries and could barely walk to the plate. The runner on first stole second during the at bat and everyone would have been more than happy if Gibson could find a way to get a hit and tie the game.

Then a bit of foreshadowing occurred. NBC put up a stat stating that Eckersley had not given up a home run since I believe sometime in August. I don’t remember the date exactly, but when I saw the stat, the first thing I thought was how ironic it would be should Eckersley give up the homer to Gibson.

Then, with the count 3-2, Eckersley threw a slider that Gibson proceeded to deposit into the right-field bleachers. The entire crowd went wild. I was going beserk in my bedroom watching the game on a little black and white television. The Dodgers had made a improbably comeback to win the game and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

What many did not realize at the time was that the Dodgers would go on to win the 1988 World Series 4 games to 1. When the Dodgers won Game 1, I said to myself that Oakland had no chance to win. Their heart had just been stomped on and their closer defeated by a man that could barely walk.

Kirk Gibson finished his career with the Detroit Tigers in 1995 having batted .268 for his career with 255 homers and 870 RBI’s. He is currently the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 1988 World Series homer was the highlight of his career and is the one moment in history that immortalized Gibson. It also stands out as the greatest baseball moment I’ve ever witnessed.