The bat maker, according to court documents, argued that the Exogrid was in compliance with “rules, requirements and specifications which had been created by the NCAA and adopted by the National Federation of High Schools, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association and Pure Prairie League,” the summer league Yeamans was playing in when he was injured.
Across the nation, more than a dozen players have been killed by batted balls, according to a recent study. In 1999, an Enid player was hit in the head by a batted ball and suffered brain damage.
The player successfully sued the bat company.
The bat in question in the Yeaman case is banned by Major League Baseball and recently was prohibited for use by the NCAA, which has adopted a new testing standard that requires metal bats to perform more like wood in order to protect pitchers and other players.
A 2002 Brown University study found balls hit by metal bats have a higher velocity, an average of 93.3 miles per hour compared to 86.1 mph by wood bats.