Durham Youth Baseball Director on Alleged Baseball 'Beaning' Threat: No Player Ever in Danger

Apr 20, 2018

The director of the Oyster River Youth Association in Durham, N.H., says no evidence was found to support the baseball "beaning" allegations.

A New Hampshire youth sports organization in Durham that's investigating a man's allegations that two baseball coaches talked about a plan to hurt his 11-year-old-daughter—the only girl on her team—to force her to quit says no player was ever in danger.

A coach has been dismissed, Foster's Daily Democrat reported.


Matt Glode, director of the Oyster River Youth Association in Durham, New Hampshire, says it didn't find evidence to substantiate the claim that "several coaches were complicit," but dismissed one volunteer coach who violated the organization's policies. He didn't elaborate, nor name the coach.


Foster's Daily Democrat reported that Dan Klein, of Madbury, alleged the coaches said they'd instruct a player to strike his daughter in the head with a baseball during practice. He said the conversation about the alleged "beaning" happened during a draft meeting to assign players to team rosters.


A message seeking comment from Klein on Friday was not immediately returned. The incident attracted national attention, as well as the concern of Major League Baseball. Seacoast Media Group was first to reported the allegations.