I recently read a stat on ESPN that Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has caused over $70,000 worth of damage in breaking bats over the years. Although the pitch was thrown by Texas Rangers Derek Holland,Yankee’s outfielder Brett Gardner broke a bat in the 4th inning of the ALCS game between the two teams last night. The average price for a maple baseball bat is $50. Gardner’s 2010 annual salary was $452,000, so the bat doesn’t break anyone’s bank.
However, the shattered bat flew across the field and smashed a TBS camera. According to MLB Network host Greg Amsinger, cameras like the one broken cost between $60,000 – $100,000. Amazingly, the camera kept working, providing a kaleidescope-like spotlight on home plate.