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Little League coach suing 14 year old player for more than $500,000

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

This is pretty ridiculous.

Alan Beck, a Little League coach in California, is suing one of his 14-year-old players after being accidentally hit by the player's helmet during a walk-off hit celebration. Beck is seeking more than $500,000 due to pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and general being a jerk-ness.

Here's more from Mike TeSelle of KCRA.com:

"At first I thought it was joke," (the child's father Joe) Paris said Tuesday. "Now, I think it's absurd."

Paris said his son was racing toward home plate to score the winning run during a Lakeside Little League game last spring when the boy threw off his helmet in celebration.

"He was so excited," Paris said.

...

"I don't think the boy meant to harm him," said Gene Goldsman, Beck's Santa Ana attorney. "But, this wasn't a part of the game. A guy who volunteers his time to coach should not be subjected to someone who throws a helmet in the manner that he did. What the kid did, it crossed the line."

The boy being sued scored the game-winning run from second, and as he approached home plate, he threw his helmet in the air. It hit Beck in the ankle, tearing his Achilles tendon. A serious injury, no doubt, but a fluke one.

Thankfully, it appears the lawsuit will be dismissed on the grounds of the inherent risk of baseball. Signing up to coach Little League means assuming the risk of being hit by bats, balls, helmets, and whatever else. The case would be stronger if the player threw the helmet with the intent to injure his coach, but that is not what happened here.

The KCRA.com report says the Paris family has already spent over $4,000 on legal fees even though the case is not scheduled to go before a judge until March, so hopefully the suit gets thrown out and soon.

(h/t BTF Newsblog)

 
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