We have some sad news to bring you tonight. As ESPN and others have reported, a fan fell from the upper deck onto the field-level seats at Turner Field during Saturday night’s game between the Yankees and the Braves. ESPN’s Wallace Matthews describes the fan as a man in his early 60’s. He died after being taken to a hospital.
Witnesses say the fan had been drinking, and was heckling Alex Rodriguez before falling. The fall was estimated at approximately 50 feet. He was tended to by medical personnel at the stadium for about 10 minutes before he was taken out on a stretcher.
It’s the second fan fatality in three years at Turner Field. In August 2013, a 30-year-old fan fell approximately 65 feet during a Phillies-Braves game.
We offer our condolences to the fan’s family and friends, as well as those who witnessed the accident on Saturday night.
The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.
A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.
If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.