The County Legislature Tuesday will formally pull a proposal to ban metal bats from all pre-high school baseball games at the request of its sponsor, Legislator VJ Pradhan, D-Nanuet.
The proposal had been vehemently opposed by local Little League organizations, with officials coming to a recent committee meeting on the subject.
â€œIâ€™m pulling it out for one reason: because Nanuet Little League has taken the first step toward safety,â€ Pradhan said. â€œThey are asking their pitchers to wear a shield to protect their heart.â€
Pradhan said he hopes other local Little Leagues will follow Nanuetâ€™s lead. Nanuet started using the chest guard recently.
The whole issue came back into the limelight in May when the family of a 12-year-old New Jersey Little Leaguer sued an aluminum bat maker, the league and the store where the bat was sold. In 2006, the boy’s suffered brain damage after a line drive off such a bat hit him and stopped his heart.
Minority Leader Ed Day, R-New City, called, as a longtime coach, to say he was glad the matter was being pulled, saying the ban would have been unnecessary.
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