Senators call on MLB for more transparency on foul ball injuries
Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth wrote a letter
to Commissioner Rob Manfred urging him to release data on which seats at
ballparks are most vulnerable to dangerous line drives, according to a report by
Billy Witz in The New York Times.
The senators raised questions about whether MLB is doing
enough to protect its fans from foul balls, writing a letter to Commissioner
Rob Manfred urging him to release data that teams may be collecting on which
seats are most vulnerable at their ballparks.
The senators, Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both
Democrats from Illinois, wrote in the letter to Manfred that making more data
about injuries available to the public — and creating an injury registry —
would “help evaluate the voluntary safety measures that many teams are
“This will provide a more honest public dialogue and help
protect baseball’s biggest (and littlest) fans,” they wrote.
The letter comes amid a spate of injuries that came as a
result of foul balls in recent months, the latest occurring on Sunday when a
woman was hospitalized after being hit in the head by a foul ball at a game in
Arlington, Tex., between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers.