The child, whose identity, along with that of her family, is still being withheld, was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. during the Astros-Cubs game May 29. Hospital records obtained by the Chronicle indicate she suffered a skull fracture with associated subdural bleeding, brain contusions, and brain edema. Fans waved for assistance and seconds later a man rushed up the stairs with the crying child clutched to his chest. Her recovery progress will be reassessed in July, the family's attorney said.
The fan has also dealt with seizures as a result of her injuries and has been on medication to prevent them in the future, the attorney's office shared. In a statement released Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the family said they were sitting one section away from where the netting ends at Minute Maid Park. He was extremely shaken up by the incident and close to tears in the moments following the girl being hit. Called the "Baseball Rule", it has made it almost impossible for fans injured at games to successfully sue teams or MLB.
In 2017, a boy at Yankee Stadium was hit by a portion of Chris Carter's broken bat.
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Netting is required to go to at least the far ends of the dugouts.
A young fan holds ice to her head after being hit with a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger within the route of the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. She was once sitting along the third horrifying line in Minute Maid Park when she was once struck.
Before 2018, Major League Baseball required all 30 teams to extend protective netting behind the dugouts, but did not mandate more protection.
The Chicago White Sox broke ground earlier this month after announcing plans to expand netting from foul pole to foul pole. Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten has said his team will extend the netting at Dodger Stadium.