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Report: Woman was killed by foul ball at Dodgers game in August

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A Dodgers fan, 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom, was struck and killed by a foul ball at a game between the Padres and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in August last year, ESPN’s Outside the Lines is reporting. OTL cites a Los Angeles County coroner’s report.

The incident occurred in the top of the ninth inning when Franmil Reyes fouled off a Kenley Jansen fastball, sending it to the first base side of home plate, striking Goldbloom. Goldbloom was celebrating both her 79th birthday and her 59th wedding anniversary. The ball went just past where the recently-installed protective netting ends.

As ESPN’s William Weinbaum notes, Goldbloom is the third known fan to die from being struck by a baseball at a major league stadium and the first in nearly 50 years. There have been other incidents that have made the news in recent years, particularly as teams have been urged to install more protective netting at ballparks. In September 2017, a young girl was struck in the face by a Todd Frazier foul ball and had to be carried out of the stadium and taken to a hospital. She suffered multiple facial fractures and her brain bleeding had to be monitored for a potential seizure. According to her father, Geoff Jacobson, when he first saw her in the hospital, she had an imprint of the baseball on her forehead.

ESPN reached out to Jacobson and told him about the Goldbloom incident. Jacobson said, “My heart goes out to the whole family. It’s so unnecessary that this had to happen. … It’s just tragic that another family is going through this and lost a loved one.”

What’s particularly irksome about this news is that neither the Dodgers nor Major League Baseball publicly commented about Goldbloom’s death. OTL contacted the Dodgers on Monday for comment and a spokesperson said (roughly five months after Goldbloom’s death), “Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games. We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom. The matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family. We cannot comment further on this matter.”

All 30 major league stadiums should be pressed to install netting down the entire length of the foul lines. In April 2016, HBO’s Bryant Gumbel did a piece for Real Sports exploring the protective netting at baseball stadiums in Japan. There, netting has gone foul line to foul line and has been that way for years. Ballparks also repeatedly play safety videos and staff members blow whistles to warn fans of incoming foul balls. It’s high time major league stadiums implemented similar safety measures.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.