Demands For Safety Nets at Stadiums After Baseballs and Bats Injure Fans
A baseball fan is demanding that stadiums build safety nets to protect spectators from being injured.
Gail Payne’s lawsuit was filed just before nine-year-old bat boy Kaiser Carlile was hit across the head by a player practicing his swing at a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas on Saturday.
The youngster, a volunteer for the Liberal Bee Jays team, passed away on Sunday from his injuries.
While Kaiser’s parents insist no one was at fault, it’s not the first time a swinging bat has turned into an unintentional weapon.
In June, a broken bat from an Oakland A's player struck a fan at the third base line. And during a White Sox game, spectator Eileen Depesa was forced to grab a flying broken bat with one hand to protect a nearby baby.
Payne’s federal class-action lawsuit demands that ballparks extend their safety nettings to protect fans from foul balls and flying bats.
She is calling for nets, which are currently only behind home plates, to cover fans in the infield from foul pole to foul pole.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office released a statement to the Associated Press, saying the league is “in the process of reevaluating all issues pertaining to fan safety, comfort and expectations.”
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