News 12 First at Five/ September 20, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA---A Chicago Cubs outfielder is still in a Miami hospital a day after he was hit in the chest by a splintered bat. Tyler Colvin was heading for home on a double by teammate Wellington Castillo. He scored, but part of the shattered bat punctured the right side of his chest--inches from his heart. The North Augusta native's rookie season is over. Now some people are wondering about the safety of metal and wooden bats.
Landon Knight and his brother Luke live next to Tyler Colvin's family home and they were upset when they found out their favorite Cubs baseball player was injured. "Luke was like...I hope they're not talking about that Tyler got hurt...and I was like Luke, I think that's what they're saying." Faith Boyd is now concerned for her kids. One of her kids is on a baseball team and she wants to know how to best protect him. "He uses metal bats...they have to use helmets...but nothing on the chest though..that's concerning...and I didn't know about the different types of bats." The concern comes after the Cubs rookie was pierced in the chest with a maple bat. "You never really think about that," she says.
At North Augusta High and in schools across Aiken County, students use metal bats. But many of them use wooden ones for practice. Coaches say knowing what your bat is made of can make all the difference. Coach Victor Radcliff's father once coached Colvin and he knows him well. Now he's a coach at the same school and explains what happens with a maple baseball bat. "If people are out there wondering if their kids shouldn't play with wooden bats...I wouldn't go that far...this is a very rare thing," Radcliff says. "Maple bats are harder than ash bats...and when they break...they usually break in two...that's what happened in Tyler's case. Now...if I had to choose...I would chose an ash baseball bat." In Colvin's hometown, friends and fans hope he gets out of the hospital soon. Boyd says, "hopefully he'll get back up and be able to play next year."