A fan, hit by a broken bat shard, has suffered “life-threatening injuries” at Fenway Park


Update (9:21 PM EST): Per WBZ-TV’s David Wade, police say that the injured fan has sustained life-threatening injuries.


Facing Red Sox starter Wade Miley, Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie broke his bat. A shard flew into the stands, striking a fan in the third base boxes. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston wrote that the fan was “bleeding pretty profusely”. The game was halted for a few minutes as the fan was taken off via a stretcher.

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe said that a police officer was trying to shield the eyes of the fan’s child. WEEI’s John Tomase reported that medics carried away the child while the fan “shrieked in pain”.

This is awful news. We at HardballTalk are hoping for the best for this fan. We’ll keep you updated here as we learn more.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
1 Comment

MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.