MLB Foul Ball Week in Review (September 19 – September 25): Running the Mile, Gloves and a WAG Snag

The MLB foul ball week in review shows that Major League Baseball ended the week of September 19 – September 25, 2016 with about 164 Foul Ball Facials in 168 days of games. These are only those fans hit in the head area at Major League Baseball games as self-reported on Twitter. That equates to one fan per day of play. It seems like a lot, and it is, but it could be fewer because just over 40% of these tweets indicate the fan wasn’t paying attention. To put that into perspective, it means roughly 45 fans (conservative estimate) would have avoided foul balls to the face had they not been buried in their phones.

But that’s not the only thing going on with foul balls this week. Here’s the rundown of the best and worst foul ball and fan-related actions from the past week…it was also a very slow week:

 

FLASHING YOUNGSTER FLASHES GLOVE

So many people assert there’s no time to react to a baseball hit at them. Granted, this one did bounce, but it was still going at a good speed. This young man saved the fan next to him. And that guy covered his face with his arms. Plenty of reaction time since both were paying attention.

 

RUNNING THE MILE IN…

Did you catch this Eduardo Munez catch? The guy hauled it from 3B to snag a ball Buster Posey lost in the lights. Amazing. 

GETTING GLOVED

The Atlanta Braves are trying something new for MLB teams. They partnered with glove maker Mizuno to offer free gloves for snagging fouls and homers at any Braves home game. How cool is this? 

 

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

Gotta say this is a neat and unique story as foul balls go. Players often toss mom, dad, spouse, etc. a ball, but I can’t recall ever hearing about a significant other who has snagged a loved one’s foul ball or homer. This ends up, then, being a first, at least for me. Check our what happened when Cleveland Indians Adam Plutko mades his major-league debut.

VIN SCULLY IS LEAVING US

The great Vin Scully is retiring. It’s a sad season for Major League Baseball fans. We’ve lost many baseball greats to death, so I’m glad that I’m not writing this because he’s dead. I’ve listened to Scully before. I’m still an Ernie Harwell fan, but Vin has stories that are electrifying. Why is a retiring announcer included here in a foul ball/fan experience weekly post? Becuase he helps create the fan experience, and he loves foul balls. Read this wonderful interview with one of the gseatest broadcasters baseball has ever known.

 

#RIPJoseFernandez