Thursday, January 16, 2014

Little league coach's lawsuit seeks over $500,000 in damages from player

This may be the craziest little league baseball story you have ever read.

Alan Beck, a little league coach in the state of California, is reportedly suing one of his 14-year-old players, and is seeking more than $500,000 due to pain, suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.

Why? Well, because the player accidentally tossed his helmet in the air during a walk-off celebration, and it just so happened to strike Beck in the ankle, resulting in a torn Achilles tendon.

More on the story from Mike TeSelle of

"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."

An Achilles injury is definitely a tough break. But Beck also has to realize and come to grip with the fact that the ordeal was a complete fluke.

Luckily, it looks as though the lawsuit will be dismissed on the grounds that baseball in and of itself is dangerous. When Beck signed up to coach little league baseball, he voluntarily accepted the risk of being nailed with bats, balls, and yes, even helmets.

Via Eye on Baseball

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