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Man sues Cubs, Major League Baseball after being blinded by a foul ball


The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a man has sued Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs after going blind in his left eye as a result of being struck by a foul ball at a Cubs game back in August.

According to the lawsuit the fan, John “Jay” Loos, 60, was sitting in a “seat close to the field” at the Cubs’ August 29 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was struck in the left eye by the foul ball. He says that he has since gone blind in the eye.

The Cubs were one of many teams who chose not to extend protective netting in the wake of Major League Baseball’s 2015 recommendation — not mandate, just recommendation — that clubs do so. They changed course, however, and said they would extend the netting in the wake of the September 20 incident when a two-year-old girl was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium. That decision came too late for Mr. Loos, however.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.