Foul Ball Injuries


In all major league sports, there is always a chance of fans getting injured. Recently, it seems that fan injuries at sporting events has spiked. My focus will be mainly on baseball fan injuries.

The main reason fans get hurt during sporting events is due to lack of attention, but also, I think there can be more safety precautions to help the issue. There doesn’t seem to be too much attention to the topic overall, but it definitely wouldn’t take much effort overall to evaluate the majority of injuries at games and find a way to stop them from happening.

“Just the way life is,” he said. “As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her. “Right now I’m just praying and I’m speechless. I’m at loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now and that’s all I really can control.”


Every year, about seventy three million tickets are sold in the MLB, out of all these people attending games, only about seventeen hundred and fifty people get seriously injured by a ball or bat going into foul play.

This means one in about every forty one thousand people get seriously injured from objects going into foul territory. This might not seem like a lot at first glance, but the average attendance for each mlb game is around thirty thousand. This shows that at almost every game, a fan gets seriously injured by an object flying into foul play.

One of the most memorable injuries in my opinion is when Almora Jr. hit a two year old girl and ended up fracturing her skull.

“Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. dropped to one knee during the fourth inning last May, hands over his face in horror. He had just watched a foul ball fly off his bat and strike a 2-year-old girl in the head, fracturing her skull.

The incident, every baseball hitter’s nightmare, was not a one-off. Last month, a fan was hit during a Chicago White Sox game and another during a Los Angeles Dodgers game.”

This topic seems broad at first, but I think if people focus on the issue of foul ball injuries, there can be adjustments and changes to help the overall safety of fans at baseball games.

Sources-
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2019/05/29/albert-almora-cubs-players-foul-ball-strikes-young-child-stands/1281122001/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3069680/Phillies-fan-gets-hit-face-foul-ball-Atlandta-game-ices-swollen-forehead-cold-beer.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/13/739967250/after-numerous-foul-ball-fan-injuries-baseball-reconsiders-protective-netting
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/foul-balls-are-the-pace-of-play-problem-nobodys-talking-about/
https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20180330/more-baseball-fans-getting-hit-by-the-ball