Articles matching tag: Fan Safety
- Column: Does MLB Have A Safety Issue?June 1, 2017
Major League Baseball may have a safety issue but contrary to what you’re probably thinking, this one isn’t due to the action on the field. Much has been made over the recent spat of fan injuries resulting from foul balls and pieces of shattered bats flying into the stands. The most recent instance to garner headlines occurred on May 24 at Yankee Stadium during a game between the Yankees and Kansas City Royals. The Yankees’ Chris Carter broke his bat and the barrel flew into the stands, injuring a young boy sitting a few rows behind the third base dugout.
- Column: Heightened Security at Sporting Events New RealityJuly 7, 2016
Brad Keselowski won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway last weekend, his first win at the historic track. But that may not be the first thing fans remember about this year’s summer race at Daytona. For the first time in history, a SWAT team was patrolling the track, including the garage area and pit road, usually the domain of drivers and crew members. Most Major League sports, including the NFL and MLB, have ramped up security at games in recent years, but the sight of uniformed personnel with assault rifles mingling with fans caught many race goers by surprise. It was the highest level of security ever seen at a NASCAR race when a president or a member of his immediate family wasn’t present.
- Column: MLB Encourages Expanded Ballpark NettingFebruary 4, 2016
In December during the annual Baseball Winter Meetings MLB announced new guidelines designed to extend ballpark netting. The recommendations follow a season during which a number of serious injuries at ballparks around the country garnered extensive publicity. MLB’s new policy is not a mandate. Teams are “encouraged” to extend the netting from behind home plate a distance of 70 feet down each foul line, or to the ends of the dugouts nearest to home plate. The guidelines also apply to MLB spring training facilities and Pat O’Conner, President of Minor League Baseball, said he hoped MiLB clubs would comply as well. A number of MLB and MiLB teams have already indicated their intention to do so. Critics have voiced their displeasure with the new guidelines, claiming MLB didn’t go far enough. First, they say the policy should be mandatory and second, that the netting should extend to the outfield side of the dugouts, if not further.