It was less than two weeks ago that the netting controversy surrounding Major League Baseball came to the forefront after a young child was struck by a foul ball during a Cubs-Astros game.
Monday night during the Nationals-White Sox context, it happened again.
In what has become an all-too-regular occurrence, one of baseball’s hulking sluggers (this time it was Chicago OF Eloy Jimenez) turned on an inside pitch and roped it into the stands, hitting an unsuspecting fan.
The woman struck by a foul ball off bat of Eloy Jimenez left under her own power but was taken to a hospital for observation and is communicative, a Sox spokesperson said.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) June 11, 2019
A White Sox beat reporter tweeted that the fan left under her own power and went to the hospital for observation, which sounds like good news. A fan who was in the stands, however, replied to the tweet saying it “Was a brutal injury, she was assisted up not completely under her own power.”
Either way, it’s obviously distressing to see a fan injured at what is supposed to be a fun day at the park. The conversation around whether or not to extend netting further down the line is becoming less of a question of “if” and more “when.”
Sean Doolittle, along with many other MLB players, was pretty emphatic with his thoughts on baseball’s need to prioritize safety over convenience, and with every fan injury, it becomes harder and harder to argue against his stance.
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