We are now about 40 days 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 because more aren’t paying attention. It may be the extended netting is giving many fans a false sense of security.
Here are the other highlights of the last few weeks:
RUNNING TOTAL OF FOUL BALL FACIALS
After 39 days of games, the official Twitter reported total for MLB games of fans hit in the face area by a foul ball is at 41. I keep a running tally on my Twitter feed @FoulBallz. This is ONLY those #FoulBallFacials 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 40 and in the 2014 season there were 35. So what’s the point of netting if it’s really not doing anything?
Blue Jays Player hit in head by Foul Ball
Talk about a misplay! Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders over slides a foul ball. That probably left a bruise.
This is WONDERFUL to see
Ball girl hands ball to WWII veteran celebrating 100th birthday
Kickin’ it Foul Style
Cubs catcher tries to kick ball foul. Because that’s legal. All in good fun. Was worth a shot right?
Like I say: Pay attention!
During a Detroit broadcast, Matt Shepard narrowly misses getting a #FoulBallFacial foul ball while he gives a report.
More “Hero” Parents?
As a parent of two young kids, I’m utterly appalled at the number of parents who sit their kids so close to the danger zones and who try catching a foul while holding their kid. My natural instinct it to say screw the ball and make sure I take the force of the ball so as not to endanger my child.
I’m not going to show any of these videos. The fact is these parents SHOULD be arrested for reckless endangerment. Common sense needs to prevail.