Many of my readers and Twitter followers have emailed me asking which teams do something for fans who snag a foul ball or home tionsrun ball at MLB games.
The list below shows you which teams I’ve heard back from who have stated they do something as of May 18, 2016:
What you will notice is that few teams do anything for fans, regardless of which type of snag it is. The teams that do foul balls and/or homers are as follows:
- Detroit Tigers (both)
- Cincinnati Reds (foul balls; may also do home runs, but check with team
- Atlanta Braves (both)
- Louis Cardinals (foul balls; may also do home runs, but check with team)
- Colorado Rockies (both)
- Tampa Bay Rays (home run balls only)
- Toronto Blue Jays (foul balls; may also do home runs, but check with team)
- Cleveland Indians (home run balls only)
- Seattle Mariners (foul balls; may also do home runs, but check with team)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (home run balls only)
- San Diego Padres (both)
- Los Angeles Angels (foul balls; may also do home runs, but check with team)
- San Francisco Giants (foul balls; may also do home runs, but check with team)
- Oakland A’s (foul balls; may also do home runs, but check with team)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (foul ball contract)
This comes to 12 teams that do something specifically for those of you who snag a foul ball cleanly.
“Cleanly” is the operative word I kept hearing from teams. If you’ve had to fight off the ground or it bounced off another fan, then it doesn’t count as a “clean” catch. For most teams, that means you are not eligible for the promotion. It also means seven teams definitely do something for fans with clean home run ball catches (I deal with strictly with foul balls and foul ball data, so some teams may have simply responded to my foul ball inquiry).
Regrettably, the Rays USED to do something for foul ball snags, but, as you see from the list, they have discontinued the foul ball promotion. The White Sox informed me they hadn’t considered it, but may have to contact the Tigers to see how they work their “Amazing Catch” promotion. I have not received an update on whether they have introduced a similar promotion.
Notice, too, which teams have the best promotions. The Athletics go above and beyond all other teams by not only giving the fans a card, but entering them in a monthly raffle for two tickets to a future game. Now that is how you treat your fans.
As of the 2015 season, only 11 teams did anything. I’m glad to see the Diamondbacks now have a promotion (On a side note: The name of my t-ball team is The Diamondbacks.) for the 2016 season.
I expect all MLB teams and MiLB teams will be participating gin the first ever “National Foul Ball Week” (May 16-21) next season.
In all, every team I contacted were extremely prompt and helpful. What they have helped me create here is the most complete list of foul and home run ball catch promotions anywhere online.
If your team doesn’t have a promotion for foul balls and/or home runs balls, please contact the team directly through their “Contact Us” email or by phone.