Foul Ball Week in Review (May 16-22): More Foul Ball Facials, Great Kids and More

We are now well into the 2016 MLB season. It’s been an interesting one for sure when it comes to foul balls. Not only did a fan get smoked with a foul THROUGH the netting within the first week of the season, but fans are still getting seriously hurt. The reason is one we need to explore further, but before we do here are some of the foul ball highlights for the time being from the week of May 16-22:


After 53 days of games, the official Twitter reported total for MLB games of fans hit in the face area by a foul ball was at 56. This is ONLY those #FoulBallFacials self-reported on Twitter. If I were to search Instagram and other social media sites, I’m guessing that total may be double.

My unofficial records for the last two seasons show the number of facials has not changed at all since the netting went up. In 2015 by this time there were 49 and in the 2014 season there were 47. So what’s the point of netting if it’s really not doing anything? The angles haven’t been cut down to save those most in danger (family seating areas and tempered “hockey” glass would help more and be less expensive).

Young Boy Injured by Foul Ball:

Last week a young man, 7-years-old, was smoked by a foul ball. His parents had him sitting in the second row at Petco in section 113. The young fan was hit in the head. Thankfully he was okay after a while.

A 6-year-old boy wasn’t so lucky about two weeks ago. He ended up being hospitalized after getting hit by a foul at a Charlotte Knights game. A similar situation to the Padres incident last week contributed to the injury.

These are prime examples of how negligent parents are and why I’ve advocated for years for MLB to create family specific sections in the outfield and/or upper decks, and ban kids 12 and under from sitting field level in the sections between the outer walls of each dugout. Had my suggestions been taken seriously by Manfred, the young man at the Padres game last week wouldn’t have been in that position. I do blame the parents. They should have known better.

We Can Learn from Kids:

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About FoulBallzEd

I run I research and write about foul ball information and fan safety issues mainly. There's the occasional piece about the Tigers. Active on Twitter as @FoulBallz.

Posted on May 25, 2016, in MLB Reports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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