Be Safe Around the DugoutUpdated Monday March 24, 2014 by David Schittler.
At the Fleetwood vs. Oley High School JV game this past Friday, the student manager for Fleetwood was going to the Oley bench to let them know about substitutions being made. He was looking for the coach and didn't notice the Oley player warming up beside the dugout. Neither of them saw each other and the Fleetwood manager was hit in the mouth by the bat. The setting sun made it worse as there definitely was some sun glare as well.
The manager spent the next few hours in the hospital emergency room. His lip was cut so bad that a plastic surgeon was brought in for the 15 stitches required in his upper lip. He also may lose a tooth or 2 because of the accident.
Yes, it was an accident. But it was avoidable.
Any player swinging a bat must look around before swinging. Any player in the vicinity of a dugout or batting cage must be aware of their surroundings.
This is everyone's responsibility.