Time For MLB To Address Fan Safety
It happened again Sunday (8/23) in Chicago. Just two days before it happened in Detroit. For some reason, 2015 seems to be an exceptionally bad year for fans getting hit by line drives at Major League Baseball games.
Now that the sight of fans being hauled off in stretchers has become a somewhat regular occurrence, my guess is change is soon to come. However, this isn't guaranteed. After seeing a fan injured in person on August 21, Justin Verlander, star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, voiced his support for additional protective netting in stadiums. Those opposed to more protective netting say that fans paying big bucks for up-close seats won't like looking through a net. Others will say that people still have a better chance getting injured on the drive to the game than they do in the ballpark. Chicago Cubs manager, Joe Maddon made it sound like the simple action of fans paying more attention will help protect them.
I side with Verlander. I can't believe MLB wants this kind of publicity. Back in June, a Massachusetts woman was struck by a broken bat at a Red Sox game. She suffered life-threatening injuries before her road to recovery and release from the hospital. We're not talking a bump or a bruise here. These are sharp broken bats and line drives travelling around 100mph, both capable of inflicting serious head injury or death. You don't want "peanuts and Cracker Jack" replaced by "ice packs and bandages".