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Cubs' Colvin Hospitalized After Shattered Bat Injury

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Colvin OK after broken bat incident, disappointed that season is over.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter brought it up Monday.

"You see that guy get hit with the bat yesterday," he said. "Why does that have to happen? It's just surprising to me that it hasn't happened before to anyone, the fans or the umpires."

Cubs infielder Jeff Baker said he uses ash bats.

"I saw an umpire get slashed on the neck in Kansas City and it's just not worth it to me," he said. "I don't want that on my conscience if something happens and someone gets hurt. I just use ash and go from there."
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I assume that the office of the commissioner is going to wait until ST 2011 before testing the tape method. I think this is not soon enough. I think, as MLB, you mandate that the tape be used on these bats for the remainder of 2010, then you evaluate even allowing maple to be used at all.

I'd prefer they just use ash, but ash is in grave danger because of the Emerald Ash Borer. Perhaps MLB should be looking at long-term testing of some kind of composite material that would have similar properties to ash or maple, but with less opportunity to break.

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