Foul Ball Week in Review (May 30-June 5): Nuts and Beer
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 30-June 5:
RUNNING TOTAL OF FOUL BALL FACIALS
After 62 days of games, the official Twitter reported total for MLB games of fans hit in the face area by a foul ball was at 59. 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 55 and in the 2014 season there were 56. 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).
This past week the self-reported facial area injuries dropped to under one per day.
INDIANS FOULED OFF
An interesting piece came to my attention last week. The article on Scout.com discusses how the Indians are close to hitting the most foul balls in Major League Baseball. When you look at the players, it’s no wonder they are second in the league for fouls hit. Most of the guys are seasoned veterans who don’t have shabby averages. Getting some Indian tickets to watch the show might be fun. It’s a skill, FYI.
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