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Woman wheeled out of Petco Park after being struck in the head by Hector Sanchez’s bat

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In the bottom of the ninth inning facing Rockies reliever Jake McGee, Padres catcher Hector Sanchez swung and missed but lost control of his bat. The bat whipped around into the crowd above the visitors’ dugout, striking a woman in the head. Play was stopped for several minutes while she was tended to by medical personnel. She was wheeled out of Petco Park to receive further treatment.

Many stadiums have recently increased the length of protective netting to the far ends of both dugouts. As Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune told me, the netting at Petco Park extends from the backstop to the entrances of both dugouts. Sanchez’s bat went over top of the dugout into the crowd. Had there been netting extending to the far end of the dugout, the injury likely would’ve been avoided.

Sanders also reported, strangely, that someone was arrested from the same spot where the fan was struck by the bat. The fan left in cuffs with cuts on his head.

Update: Here’s why the fan was arrested:

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.