Mets Fan Sues Team, Players After Broken Bat Shatters Face

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A New York Mets fan is filing suit against the MLB, the New York Mets, the bat maker , Mets second baseman Luis Castillo, and ex-Met Ramon Castro after his face was shattered by a broken bat during an August 2007 game.

James G. Falzon is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan.

Falzon is suing Jarden Corp., owner of bat-manufacturer Rawlings, saying that the barrel of a maple bat became a "dangerous projectile," because maple bats have a reputation for exploding into various pieces when they break. Maple bats became popular throughout the league after Barry Bonds used them to break the all-time home run record.

Falzon was seated in the second row along the third base line at the '07 game when Luis Castillo, using a bat on loan from ex-Met catcher Ramon Castro, swung at a pitch that broke his bat and sent the barrel flying into the crowd, striking Falzon in the face.

He suffered multiple facial fractures, a broken nose, broken teeth and a shattered jaw and now has pins and metal plates holding his face together.

In 2008, an MLB committee reportedly found that maple bats were three times more likely to break in multiple places as opposed to traditional ash bats.

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