Sunday, 21 July, 2019

Dodgers to extend netting after fan struck by Cody Bellinger's foul ball

Dodgers win again on another rookie walk-off HR Baseball fan sitting on the first base line is hit in the face by a foul ball at Dodgers Stadium
Shannon Reynolds | 25 June, 2019, 09:42

The Dodgers plan to extend their stadium netting after a Cody Bellinger foul ball hit a young fan on Sunday, according to team CEO Stan Kasten.

She was sitting four rows up from the field along the first base side of the diamond, just beyond the protective netting that stretches to the end of each dugout at Dodger Stadium.

The Los Angeles Dodgers got another walk-off victory from a rookie on Sunday as they bested the Colorado Rockies 6-3.

Bellinger - who was visibly upset during the at-bat - said he went to check on her between innings.

It's hard to come up with a reason not to expand the netting other than that fans like catching foul balls, but this is overtly a case where the risk exceeds the reward.

A first-aid person who treated the woman told The Associated Press that the fan was rushed to a nearby hospital for precautionary tests, but was alert and answering questions. "I saw it hit her face".

"I can't say that for sure although I think it's likely", Kasten said.

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A woman died last August after being hit in the head by another foul ball at Dodger Stadium. "Surely we will be expanding netting".

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week he did not expect teams to make changes to the netting at ballparks this season, but that he expected conversations to continue about whether netting should be extended.

Major League Baseball franchises extended protective netting to the far ends of their dugouts and beyond at the start of last season, following fan injuries in 2017.

Bellinger is also in favor of extending the netting.

I really want to take Arizona here as it is at home with its best pitcher on the mound, but LA is so good right now and Kershaw is in outstanding form.

In May, a liner by Albert Almora Jr. of the Chicago Cubs struck a young girl in Houston in May. I'm over at first base, and I have to be ready, and they're 10 feet over from me. Given the recent form of both teams, side by side, I like the Dodgers to draw first blood in this one so I'll lay the juice with L.A. on the road. "For me, as we talk about getting ahead of things, I don't see anything wrong with that idea". "Obviously, it was a scary situation".

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