The noise for more protective netting at baseball games may only get louder after Sunday.
During the Cubs-Braves series finale, Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber's foul ball in the first inning struck a fan sitting just behind the camera well on the first base line.
Play was stopped as ushers and medics attended to the injured fan. She was taken out by the medical staff on a stretcher.
Schwarber rocket hit someone in stands. AJ Pierzynski was out of the Braves dugout and took towels down to help.
— Bob Vorwald (@BobVorwald) August 23, 2015
On Friday, a Tigers fan was hit in the head by a foul ball from Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took to Twitter after the incident to voice his feelings on more netting around baseball parks.
More protective measures need to be put in place in all ball parks! Players are sick of seeing injuries that could easily be avoided!
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 22, 2015
Earlier in the season at Fenway Park, a fan was hit by a broken bat and suffered life-threatening injuries.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon addressed the incident after the Cubs beat the Braves, 9-3. He was asked if there are any ways baseball could better protect fans in these kind of situations.
"Awful. Pay attention. I hate to say it. Those are wonderful seats, probably pay a lot of money for them. You’re digging the fact that you’re right there. I watch and you see people turning their back to the field when the action’s going on. You just can’t do it.
"When you’re at the ballpark and you’re in those particular locations, watch what’s going on. Don’t turn your head away from the action. Every time a ball is pitched you look. You look and see then you can go talk. That’s probably the best answer honestly is just to pay attention. I know when my family is there I absolutely insist that you watch what’s going on.
"If you happen to be in that area and you see a left-handed pull-hitter up, like a Schwarber, honestly just really watch what’s going on. That’s your best form of protection.
"It happens. It’s awful. It’s awful, but I don’t know if there’s any particular answer right now. I just think, please watch what’s going on in the field."