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Kids don't try this at home, or at practice, or anywhere
2006-05-05 14:08
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.

2006-05-05 15:31:26
1.   Kayaker7
Did Craig "HBP King" Biggio go there too? Don Baylor?
2006-05-05 17:38:35
2.   DXMachina
Biggio grew up on Long Island. He also played his college ball at my alma mater, Seton hall.
2006-05-05 17:47:48
3.   Kayaker7
Yeah, it was just a lame attempt at humor.

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