A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball in the Braves-Brewers game last night

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Scary moments in Milwaukee, where a fan sitting behind the Brewers’ dugout was hit in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Eury Perez in the ninth inning. The game was stopped for nine minutes and the fan with EMT’s, having walked slowly to a wheelchair at the end of the aisle, with a towel wrapped on her forehead.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com spoke to Andrelton Simmons about it after the game. And the man who may be the best defensive player on planet Earth said that even he wouldn’t sit in those seats without more protective netting:

Simmons expressed hope that Major League teams will begin extending the protective nets down the baselines to shield fans from becoming unfortunate victims of these kinds of events.

“Sometimes you wish the net was bigger to at least cover the people that don’t have time to react,” Simmons said. “I wouldn’t sit that close without a net.”

If even Simmons, a man who can stop anything, wouldn’t sit there, how people do it all the time is beyond me.

 

 

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”