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Yesterday, Chicago Cubs player Tyler Colvin was stabbed by a flying broken bat. He was impaled below the collarbone as he was scoring from third on a broken bat double by Welington Castillo. Colvin was watching the ball in the outfield and didn’t see the bat flying towards him. I watched the video on television and it was frightening when Colvin revealed his wounded chest as he was walking back to the dugout.

For years fans have talked about this possibility. The talk usually goes something like this: **broken bat** “Y’know, one of these days a player or a fan in the crowd is going to get stabbed in the chest from one of these broken bats”. Hopefully this Colvin incident will raise awareness among the media and within Major League Baseball. And that’s why I’m blogging about this now.

Maple bats should be banned from Major League Baseball. The bat that stabbed Colvin was made from Canadian maple. Maple breaks much easier than other types of wood. There also should be stricter restrictions on the diameter of bat handles and bat heads. Colvin is fortunate he wasn’t stabbed in the lung or stabbed in the heart. This is a serious matter that should be addressed immediately to best ensure the safety of the lives of the players and fans in the crowd.

And yes, I call it a stabbing. Merriam-Webster defines “stabbing” as “to wound or pierce by the thrust of a pointed weapon” or “to thrust or give a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon”. When Major League Baseball allows the use of maple in bats which splinters easily, then such splintered bats should be considered to be flying weapons which endanger the lives of players, team members, fans, and employees of the team.

Below is a collection of news stories related to the Tyler Colvin stabbing and their choice of headlines.

keitholbermann.mlblogs.com (Keith Olbermann baseball blog): Tyler Colvin Out For Year: What WGN, FS-F viewers saw
Olbermann actually provides screen captures of the stabbing. Excellent work, Mr. Olbermann.

cubs.com: Colvin in hospital after bat punctures chest

Yahoo! Sports: Cubs’ Tyler Colvin hospitalized after broken bat punctures chest

Keith Olbermann blog: Tyler Colvin Out For Year: What WGN, FS-F viewers saw

espn.com: Tyler Colvin injured by broken bat

nbcsports.com: Colvin OK after getting bat lodged in chest

cbssports.com: Colvin ‘impaled’ by broken bat, Cubs wallop Marlins

foxsports.com: Cubs’ Colvin impaled by broken bat

sportsillustrated.com: Cubs’ Colvin taken to hospital after bat splinter strikes his chest

Here’s what local news outlets are saying

chicagotribune.com: Colvin injury puts damper on Cubs’ 6th straight win
This headline really ticks me off. I’m a life-long Cubs fan, but who cares about wins and losses when a player was about 6 inches away from potentially being killed. To the tribune, this potentially deadly event was simply a “damper” on the Cubs winning streak. I love seeing the Cubs win, but let’s get real.

chicagosuntimes.com: ‘Lucky’ Colvin will be OK after bat sails into chest

dailyherald.com (Chicago suburban paper): Colvin’s season likely done after taking a shattered bat in the chest

southtownstar.com (south Chicagoan area newspaper): Broken bat punctures Colvin’s chest

cbs2chicago.com (CBS Chicago): Cubs’ Colvin Struck By Shattered Bat

nbcchicago.com (NBC Chicago): Cubs’ Tyler Colvin Impaled by Broken Bat. I’m really upset about the voting on this site. People can tag stories on nbcchicago.com as one of the following, “sad, laughing, intrigued, furious, thrilled, bored”. Here’s the breakdown when I checked this page: 59% sad, 24% laughing, 9% intrigued, 6% furious, 3% thrilled, 0% bored. This reinforces why I can’t stand White Sox fans. For the record, I am part of the 6% furious. Furious because Major League Baseball hasn’t enforced stricter standards on their bats.

abclocal.go.com (ABC Chicago): Cubs’ Colvin pierced by broken bat, in hospital

wgntv.com (WGN): Cubs OF Colvin hospitalized after being struck with a bat

myfoxchicago.com (FOX Chicago): Colvin Suffers Punctured Chest, Hit by Bat in Cubs Win

chicagobreakingsports.com: Cubs’ Colvin hospitalized, impaled by bat

And national outlets:

npr.com: Cubs’ Colvin Struck By Shattered Bat

ap.org (Associated Press): Cubs’ Colvin struck by shattered bat

usatoday.com: Cubs’ Tyler Colvin hospitalized after being impaled with piece of broken bat

cbsnews.com: Bat Shard Pierces Player’s Chest; See the Video

headlinenews.com: Tyler Colvin Injured by Broken Baseball Bat

huffingtonpost.com: Tyler Colvin Injury: Cubs Player IMPALED By Bat (VIDEO, PHOTO)

townhall.com: Cubs’ Colvin struck by shattered bat

latimes.com: Cubs’ Tyler Colvin hit in the chest by part of shattered bat

bloomberg.com: Cubs Outfielder Colvin Is Hospitalized After Broken Bat Punctures Chest

wsj.com (Wall Street Journal): Cub Done for Year After Bat Accident

miamiherald.com (The Cubs were playing the Florida Marlins in the game that Colvin was stabbed): Chicago Cubs player punctured by splintered bat at Florida Marlins game

news feed on news.google.com about Tyler Colvin


broken bat image (above) source (The image source also talks a little bit about the history of woods in MLB bats)

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Yeah, that chicago tribune headline sucks. Everyone is so focused on winning. It’s like winning is the most important thing. WE MUST WIN. WE MUST WIN. I’m a Cubs fan, but honestly, I don’t really care all that much about them winning. I like to hear stories more than a number. Perhaps that’s why the WWE is popular. There are stories with the action. Granted their stories are mostly about revenge and power, but still there are character stories. What has always attracted me to baseball is all the stories. It seems with the high salaries in baseball, everyone takes… Read more »