The family of Steven Domalewski, a former youth baseball pitcher who became disabled after being hit in the chest by a ball, is filing suit against the maker of the metal bat used in the game in addition to Little League Baseball and the sporting goods chain which sold the bat. 

According to the family, metal baseball bats are inherently not safe for youth games due to the balls coming off them much faster than wooden bats.

Over the past two games, there has been a string of personal injuries that involved metal baseball bats launching balls which have killed or several injured players across the U.S. Ernest Fronzuto, the attorney of the Domalewski family claims that bat manufacturers are placing speed over safety. He noted one bat being advertised as being so powerful it was “capable of beaning the third baseman” with a hit.

According to Fronzuto, Steven Domalewski will require millions of dollars in medical care for the remainder of his life.

On June 6, 2006, Steven was pitching in a game when a ball was hit right back to him by a 31-ounce metal bat. According to doctors, the ball struck him in the chest, just above the heart, at the precise moment between heartbeats to send him into cardiac arrest.

Paramedics were on scene within minutes, but the damage had already been done to leave Steven disabled with severe brain damage.

The suit will be filed against Hillerich & Bradsby Co., manufacturer of the Louisville Slugger TPX Platinum bat, in Passaic County, New Jersey. Little League Baseball and Sports Authority, which sold the bat, are also to be named as defendants.

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