A terrifying accident recently took place at a New York Yankees game in September 2017. During a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins, Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier cracked a line drive foul ball into the stands, smacking a little girl directly in the face.
The ball was going upwards of 105 mph. Fans were left in shock, and many of the players were in tears. The teams stopped the game as a hush fell over the crowd. Frazier dropped down to his knees after realizing what happened to the ball he’d just hit.
It’s pretty powerful to see something like this bring professional athletes to their knees.
The child, who appeared to be a toddler, was bloodied by the foul ball. A man carried her out of the stadium, and the New York Post reports she’s in stable condition — though she has a long road to recovery ahead.
In 2015, all 30 Major League Baseball teams were encouraged to “extend netting 70 feet in each direction, from home plate to the beginning of the dugouts.” Some teams have put this netting in place while others teams like the Yankees have yet to do so.
Now, players and fans alike are urging the MLB to prioritize safety first and make extended netting mandatory at every ballpark.
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