LOS ANGELES—A foul ball hit by baseman and outfielder for Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger struck a fan on Sunday, June 23. To avoid future accidents, team president Stan Kasten indicated that the protection of fans will be ensured by the extension of the protective netting at Dodger stadium.
After the player flew out to finish the inning, he checked on the fan who was injured before taking his position in the right field. The woman sitting in the fourth row of the field seats, one aisle beyond the dugout, was hospitalized due to the seriousness of her injury.
This is not the first foul-ball accident a fan has suffered at a baseball stadium. In 2014, the Red Sox organization was sued for $9.5 million, after a woman claimed she suffered facial fractures and neurological damage from a hit.
Another fan was struck by a ball in Houston just a few weeks ago, when the Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. hit a ball into the seats, striking a 4-year-old girl.
After the accident in Houston, the White Sox and Nationals announced they would extend the protective netting in their parks from foul pole to foul pole. The White Sox indicated the extension would be in place later in the summer and the Nationals netting would be in place after the All-Star break.
Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett tweeted on Monday that details are being worked out by Kasten. The official announcement of the net extension will be made in “the next couple weeks.”