A Call For More Safety

by | Feb 8, 2019 | Andrei Ojeda, News

The death of a fan is August as a result of being hit in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium during an August 25th game between the Padres and Dodgers has been a topic of discussion among the baseball quarters. Linda Goldbloom, 79, died on Aug. 29 as a result of bleeding in the brain. Jana Broday, the daughter of the 79-year-old woman, wants better protective netting at Major League ballparks. “I would love to see higher nets,” Broday expressed to the New York Times.

Prior to the 2018 season, MLB teams extended the width of the protective netting behind home plate last season, stretching from the end of one dugout to the end of the other.

The Dodgers website lists several sections along the field level and dugout club where netting is located. Goldbloom was seated in the loge level — one level above the field level — just to the first base side of home plate.

Anyone familiar with Dodger Stadium knows the loge level, while one level above the field level seats, is still low enough that anyone is capable of being struck by a batted ball. Seats between the dugouts are still susceptible to line drives. While a life lost is a tragedy nonetheless, How Much Stadium Netting is Too Much? The risks of being hit by a batted ball and other objects from the field are listed on the tickets. Though most fans will not exchange their prime seats along the dugouts, the majority of teams offer fans the option of exchanging their tickets for a higher seat.

This is the third recorded instance of a fan dying after being struck by a ball leaving the field of play. Clarence Stagemyer, 32, died after being hit by a thrown ball at Griffith Stadium in Washington in 1943. Alan Fish, 14, died after being hit by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium in 1970.

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