Dad of batboy, 9, who died, supports batboy tradition

Kaiser Carlile's grandmother Kim Carlile and cousin Kaylee Olson, left, point to the sky as his dad Chad with his sister Keirsie, 7, on his shoulders, and other family members honor his memory prior to a baseball game between the Liberal Bee Jays and the Seattle Studs at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Kaiser Carlile was accidentally struck by a bat near the on-deck circle Saturday and died from his injuries Sunday. (Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The father of a 9-year-old batboy who died after being accidentally struck by a follow-through swing in Wichita says the batboy tradition should continue.

Kaiser Carlile was struck Saturday by a warm-up swing by a Liberal Bee Jays player near the on-deck circle during a National Baseball Congress World Series game. Kaiser died Sunday.

The National Baseball Congress suspended using batboys and girls during its World Series games in Kansas after Kaiser’s death.

Kaiser’s father, Chad Carlile, said on NBC’S Today show Thursday ( that while there “might be a better way of doing things,” he thinks the batboy tradition should continue because it’s “tremendous for kids.”

Carlile also said the family donated organs from Kaiser to two children, and that he’s proud Kaiser has touched so many lives.


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