Injuries Mount As Players and Commentators Warn MLB That Another Fan May Die #dontwaittoolate

09/18/2015

INCIDENTS SINCE HB FILED LAWSUIT

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Foul ball and errant bat hits and serious near-misses continue to mount since filing our lawsuit July 13, 2015. And now players and sports commentators have joined the public outcry for change:

  • “More protective measures need to be put in place in all ball parks! Players are sick of seeing injuries that could easily be avoided!”
  •  “If today doesn’t get nets up, what else is it going to take?...What else has to happen for nets to go up?”
  • “Major League Baseball can avoid killing a fan. It can. Just hang the nets.”
  • “I don’t know how much longer it’s going to take or how many more people have to vouch for the need for it before action is taken.”
  • “With all due respect to Major League Baseball, I understand the studies, what else do you need to study?”
  • “How many more injuries do we need? Or do we need the first death since a 14-year-old boy died at Dodger Stadium after being hit by a foul ball in 1970, to change our thinking on how far the netting should extend at every ballpark?”
  • “Someone will die…I don’t think paying attention does anything for you.”
  • “Basically, every argument against the netting is ...dumb. Let's hope MLB teams start to take this a bit more seriously before someone is killed because that could very well be where we're headed.”
  • “...[I]t’s hard to believe MLB has not already installed protective netting…” “I’ve always loved going to a ballpark and calling it work.  I ‘ve been doing it most of my adult life.  I used to think nothing could go wrong there...that’s from the safety of the pressbox.  Sitting behind the dugout along the first or third base lines is a different story…”
  • “...[W]hy don't we make this about the next fan, the one who won't see the ball coming? Who can't evade the broken bat through all the arms and heads and confusion? Let's save him. Or her.”
  • “An Oakland A’s season ticket holder has asked a federal court to order MLB to install safety netting from foul pole to foul pole at every ballpark. Now there's something to cheer. 

MLB cannot wait until next season to protect fans. Every day that MLB waits, several fans will be hit, as evidenced by the staggering number of incident in just the past few weeks:

  • On July 16, 2015 a bat flew into the stands above the third base dugout at a Rochester Redwings game. 
  • On July 17, 2015 two spectators were injured by separate foul balls at a Buffalo Bison’s game.  One managed to save her 15 month old child sitting on her lap, but suffered brain hemorrhaging, a bruised eyeball, an orbital floor fracture and a broken nose.   On July 21, 2015 a shattered bat flew into protective netting at Pepco Park, landing just feet from unprotected spectators.
  • On July 21, 2015 a woman suffered a concussion from a foul ball at a South Bend Cubs game.
  • On July 22, 2015, an NBC sports reporter said she was almost “nailed” with a “hot, incoming foul ball” at a Diamondbacks’ game, and suggested a different foul ball also nearly hit the Diamondbacks’ media relations staff.
  • On July 22, 2015 a man was hit by a foul ball at an Angels game.
  • On July 26, 2015, a woman reported that she “almost got my head taken off by a foul ball” at a Diamondbacks game.
  • On July 26, 2015, a woman reported she was “almost smoked in the head by a foul ball” at a Sox game.
  • On July 26, 2015, an elderly woman was hit in the eye by a foul ball at an Indians game.
  • On July 27, 2015, a woman reported being hit in the eye by a foul ball at an Indians game.
  • On July 30, 2015, a woman was hit in the eye by a foul ball at a Tampa Bay Rays game.
  • On July 30, 2015, a fan was injured by a foul ball at a Cardinals game.
  • On July 31, 2015, a woman was struck in the clavicle by a line drive at a Tigers game.
  • On July 31, 2015, a man injured and possibly broke his thumb when he was hit by a foul ball at a Mets game.
  • On July 31, 2015, a ten year old girl was hospitalized when she was hit directly in the face by a foul ball at a Durham Bulls game. She began screaming immediately and was placed on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital.
  • On July 31, 2015, a woman was almost hit in the face by a foul ball at a Sox game.
  • On July 31, 2015, a woman was hit by a foul ball at a Memphis Red Birds game.
  • On August 1, 2015, an infant was almost hit by a foul ball at a minor league game.
  • On August 1, 2015 a man was struck by a foul ball at a Giants game.
  • On August 1, 2015, a woman was hit by a piece of a bat at a Brewers game.
  • On August 1, 2015, a woman was almost struck by a foul ball at a Padres game.
  • On August 1, 2015, a man was hit in the chest by a foul ball at a Brewers game.
  • On August 1, 2015, a child seated in the second row at a Cardinals game was “smoked” by a foul ball, according to a witness.
  • On August 1, 2015, a woman was “almost got killed by a foul ball” at a Rangers game.
  • On August 1, 2015, a man was hit in the nose by a foul ball at a Twins game.
  • On August 2, 2015, a man was hit in the head by a foul ball at a Phillies game.  The pitch was traveling 97 miles an hour and he was sitting in the first row.
  • On August 2, 2015, a broken bat flew into the stands at a White Sox game.
  • On August 2, 2015, a foul ball struck a child at a Cardinals game.  A witness indicated the ball “almost killed some 9 year old” and posted a photo of paramedics tending to the victim.
  • On August 3, 2015, a man seated above the dugout was struck by a bat at a Mets game.
  • On August 3, 2015, a woman was hit by a foul ball at a Mariners game.<
  • On August 4, 2015, a man was hit by a foul ball at a Rangers game.
  • On August 4, 2015, a man reported nearly being “killed” by a foul ball at a Nationals game.
  • On August 4, 2015, a woman was struck in the head by a foul ball at a Phillies game.
  • On August 4, 2015, a woman was hit in the stomach by a foul ball at a Marlins game.
  • On August 5, 2015, a girl was hit in the leg with a foul ball at a Reds game.
  • On August 5, 2015, a girl was hit in the face by a foul ball at a Cardinals game.
  • On August 5, 2015, a young boy was hit in the head by a foul ball at a Cubs vs. Pirates game. 
  • On August 6, 2015, a woman was hit by a foul ball at a Braves game.
  • On August 7, 2015, a woman was hit in the arm by a foul ball at a Cardinals game.
  • On August 8, 2015, at a Tigers game, a man, reportedly wearing a baby in a baby carrier, smacked a foul ball away, preventing injury to his companions.
  • On August 11, 2015, a woman was hit by a foul ball at a Diamondbacks game.
  • On August 14, 2015, Mike O’Neill of the St. Louis Cardinals messaged:  “To the fan that was hit by my foul ball today, I hope that you are okay. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
  • On August 14, 2015, a woman was struck in the face by a line drive foul ball at a Frisco RoughRiders game. She suffered traumatic injuries including multiple fractures and crushed sinuses, endured nine hours of reconstructive surgery, and is left with an incision from one side of her head to the other side, from ear to ear.
  • On August 16, 2015, a man reports that his wife was hit and bruised by a foul ball at a Twins game.
  • On August 16, 2015, two women were hit by a foul ball at an Astros game.
  • On August 16, 2015, a woman was hit in the stomach by a foul ball at a Dodgers game.
  • On August 17, 2015, a man was injured saving a three year old from a foul ball that father did not see approaching.
  • On August 18, 2015, a boy was hit by a “sharp foul ball” at a Diamondbacks game.
  • On August 18, 2015, a man had his teeth knocked out by a foul ball at a Pirates game.
  • On August 18, 2015, a reporter witnessed a “scary moment as a broken bat flies into the stands” at an Augusta GreenJackets game.
  • On August 19, 2015, a man suffered a head injury from a foul ball at a Corpus Christi Hooks game.
  • On August 21, 2015, a woman was struck in the head by a foul off of a 96 mile per hour fastball at a Tigers game.
  • On August 21, 2015, a man was hit by a bat at a Tigers game.
  • On August 22, 2015, a woman was injured in the eye by a foul ball at a Jackson Generals game.
  • On August 22, 2015, a broken bat flies into the stands at a Cubs game, and landed in a camera well with two occupants.
  • On August 23, 2015, a woman was hospitalized after she was struck in the head by a foul ball at a Cubs game.
  • On August 23, 2015, a fan was injured by a bat at a Cubs game.
  • On August 25, 2015, a two year old girl was hit in the head by a foul ball at a Princeton P-Rays game. She suffered a fractured skull, and was placed in an induced coma to undergo surgery.
  • On August 27, 2015, a woman was struck in the forehead by a foul ball at a Phillies game.
  • On August 27, 2015, a broken bat flies into the stands at a White Sox v. Mariners game.
  • On August 27, 2015, a broken bat flies into the stands at a Rangers game.
  • On August 29, 2015, a man was struck and bruised by a foul ball at a Dodgers game.
  • On August 30, 2015, one or more fans were struck by a broken bat at a Padres vs. Phillies game, including one fan reportedly struck in the head.
  • On August 30, 2015, a three year old was hit in the head by a foul ball at a Minnesota Twins game.
  • On August 31, 2015, a woman was struck by a bat and attended to by medical personnel at a Yankees game.
  • On September 1, 2015, someone was reportedly hit by a flying bat at a Red Sox game.
  • On September 2, 2015, a man was injured and suffered a possible concussion when he flipped over backwards and landed on a concrete walkway trying to catch an approaching foul ball.
  • On September 2, 2015, a man was struck in the neck by a foul ball at a Padres game.
  • On September 5, 2015, a woman was struck in the face by a line drive foul ball at a Las Vegas 51s game and suffered ten facial fractures.
  • On September 6, 2015, an elderly couple was struck by a foul ball at Marlins Park.  The woman was hit above her right eye and the man was hit on the head.
  • On September 9, 2015, a man was injured by a foul ball at a Red Sox game.
  • On September 10, 2015, a girl suffered a head injury from a foul ball at a San Antonio Lemurs game and was hospitalized in serious condition.
  • On September 15, 2015, a man was hit on the head by a foul ball at an Indians game.
  • On September 17, 2015, a man was hit in the face by a foul ball at an Atlanta Braves game.
  • On September 19, 2015, a reporter near the dugout was hit by a foul ball at a Pirates game.
  • On September 19, 2015, a girl was hit in the head by a foul ball at a Tigers game.
  • On September 21, 2015, a fan was reportedly hit by a foul ball by the first-base dugout at a Blue Jays game.
  • On September 22, 2015, a 93-year-old woman was struck in the head by a foul ball at a Marlins game.
  • On September 25, 2015, two fans were injured by a foul ball at an Angels vs. Mariners game.
  • On September 25, 2015, a fan was hit in the head by a foul ball at a Tigers game.
  •  On September 26, 2015, a fan was struck by a foul ball at a Tigers game while his section was doing the "wave."
  • On September 26, 2015, a woman was hit in the knee by a foul ball at an Anaheim Angels game.
  • On September 26, 2015, a woman was hit by a foul ball at a Royals game.
  • On September 27, 2015, a foul ball struck a woman as she was feeding her 17-month-old toddler at a Marlins game. The woman was tended to by paramedics.
  • On September 27, 2015, a fan was hit by a foul ball at a Cubs game.
  • On September 27, 2015, a foul ball almost hit a young boy at a Marlins game.
  • On September 28, 2015, a man was hit by a foul ball at a Giants game.
  • On September 28, 2015, a woman was hit in the face near the eye by a foul ball at a Yankees game.
  • On October 12, 2015, a child was struck by a foul ball at the playoff game between the Royals and the Astros.


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