Last month, Red Sox fan Tonya Carpenter was taken from Fenway Park screaming and bleeding after shards of a broken bat flew into the stands and struck in her in the head.
On Friday night, a foul ball entered the Boston crowd during a game against the New York Yankees, hitting a woman in the face. She was left with a bruise between her eyes and is still recovering.
While fans at Fenway Park have had a bad month, they’re hardly alone.
Now, an Oakland A’s ticket-holder has filed a class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball for not doing enough to protect fans, The New York Times reports. The plaintiff, Gail Payne, says she doesn’t feel comfortable in her seats because they lack protective netting. The lawsuit would apply to season-ticket holders with seats in the unprotected areas along the first and third base lines.
A study by Bloomberg News found that about 1,750 fans are injured at MLB baseball games every year, making America’s pastime a fairly high-risk spectator sport. While the National Hockey League mandated arenas to install protective netting to shield fans from stray pucks more then 1o years ago, the MLB’s policy makes each team responsible for the safety of fans, and has yet to create standardized safety rules to protect spectators.
In response to the recent injuries, the MLB’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, gave a press conference at Fenway Park, telling fans he’s considering changes that would help reduce spectator injuries, such as increasing netting and bat regulations.
Red Sox principal owner John Henry also owns Boston.com.
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