MLB Games Pose a Risk without Protective Netting

MLB required teams to extend protective netting, is it enough? Cubs Albert Almora Jr., sent a young girl to the hospital with a line drive foul ball and says he wants nets around the whole stadium.

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Going to a baseball game can sometimes be risky, and Cubs outfielder Albert Almora knows that risk all too well. On May 29, in a game against the Houston Astros, Almora hit a line drive foul ball that connected with a young girl in the stands. It had been reported that the girl had to go to the hospital. After hitting the ball, Almora instantly looked in the girls direction and had his hands over his head in shock and worried. He eventually fell to the ground on one knee and was apparently disheartened by the ordeal.

After the game, Almora stated that there should be protective netting around all MLB stadiums because of the risk that comes with fans and a high speed baseball, or on some occasions, a baseball bat. It’s not the first time a fan has been injured or faced possible injury during a baseball game. In a 2016 Spring Training matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves, Pirates outfielder Danny Ortiz let go of his bat after swinging it and it flew into the stands. It almost hit a young boy, but his father intervened by sticking his arm out to shield his son’s face and took the hit instead.

During the 2017 season, the New York Yankees had many incidents in their stadium, in which fans were injured during the games. The most infamous incident involved a toddler being hit by a foul ball that was allegedly travelling at over 100 mph. It was reported that she was rushed to the hospital and suffered many facial fractures and even some bleeding in her brain. The father, Geofferey Jacobson, stated that his daughter is doing fine now, but also stated how heartbreaking it was to see his daughter suffer the injury. Because of so many incidents such as this, the MLB decided that it would expand its netting for all 30 stadiums before the beginning of the 2018 season.

However, that hasn’t seemed to do enough and players around the league are calling for netting to be extended around all sides of the stadium. So far among all 30 teams, only two have extended their netting across the stadium, the San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox have their Spring Training ballpark, JetBlue Park, with full netting.

The MLB has been under some pressure lately because of the recent injuries and it does have a disclaimer on the back of tickets talking about the possible injury that could occur when watching games.

There hasn’t been any confirmation about anymore extension being added to MLB nets across the rest of the 28 teams, but it seems that it will be talked about over the course of this season and the following offseason.


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MLB required teams to extend protective netting, is it enough? Cubs Albert Almora Jr., sent a young girl to the hospital with a line drive foul ball and says he wants nets around the whole stadium.

Totals
52% Yes, ruins the game
48% No, protect fans
Males
56% Yes, ruins the game
44% No, protect fans
Females
38% Yes, ruins the game
62% No, protect fans

Yes, ruins the game

No, protect fans


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