Kids don't try this at home, or at practice, or anywhere
by Bob Timmermann
Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times reports that the baseball coach at Providence High in Burbank, CA was using a pitching machine and real baseballs to teach his players how to get hit by a pitch.
Providence High officials say the intent of first-year Coach Nick Rondon was to teach a fundamental safety technique for the protection of players who were not reacting well to inside pitches. However, some parents complained that their boys had been bruised and the coach's tactics were over the top, even dangerous.
So, on Thursday, Principal Michele Schulte and Athletic Director Andrew Bencze issued a joint apology, conceding that the prescribed drill "was not the best way to teach the skill."
Jeff Cirilllo played his high school baseball at Providence High.