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Jordan Skopp: Majority of MLB Teams Failing to Protect Spring Training Fans from Foul Balls


NEW YORK, March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A review of the status of protective netting at spring training stadiums reveals that a majority of Major League Baseball teams are continuing to fail to protect fans from dangerous foul balls. Despite the outrage from safety advocates after critical injuries to fans in 2019, Commissioner Rob Manfred declined to issue a league-wide mandate requiring extended netting to the corners of all ballparks, including spring training facilities.

Eleven stadiums hosting 16 MLB teams still have not extended netting past the dugouts, according to a telephone survey and independent review of spring training stadiums in Florida's Grapefruit League and Arizona's Cactus League conducted by Brooklyn realtor and baseball fan safety advocate Jordan Skopp.

Teams continuing to put fans in harm's way include both World Series teams, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros who share FITTEAM Ballpark in West Palm Beach, as well as the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A's, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Los Angeles Angels.

At least 16 fans were seriously maimed by foul balls in the 2019 MLB regular season, and another fan was hit in the mouth by a foul ball during the playoffs and couldn't eat solid food for two weeks. A young girl was seriously injured by a line drive in Houston last May, creating outrage among fans and spurring Congressional inquiries into the league's knowledge of fan injuries and data on high-risk seating areas.

It's unclear how many additional fans were injured in 2019 at games in Minor League Baseball, the bloodlines of the major leagues, and the status of extended netting at the hundreds of those stadiums is also unknown.

"This is an ongoing scandal affecting baseball from top to bottom, and both the major and minor leagues are disrespecting fans by not fixing it immediately. Why isn't every professional baseball stadium required to be certified safe by independent building inspectors?" Skopp said.

"How many more fans will be maimed before this avoidable crisis is fixed by professional baseball?" Skopp said.

Mr. Skopp is available for interviews, at Citi Field or elsewhere. He can be contacted directly at 718-627-6767, JordanSkopp@hotmail.com. View his prior work at https://medium.com/jordan-skopp

 

SOURCE Jordan Skopp


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