Heads up, baseball! Fans deserve more protection from foul balls

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Opinion

June 3, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Albert Almora Jr. #5 of the Chicago Cubs, center, is comforted by Jason Heyward #22 and Javier Baez #9 after checking on a young child that was struck by a hard foul ball off his bat in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Houston. Bob Levey/Getty Images/TNS

Cubs hitter Albert Almora Jr. was in anguish Wednesday night in Houston after his line-drive foul ball struck a young girl. He knew immediately after making contact that he’d sent a dangerous projectile into the stands. “I want to put a net around the whole stadium,” he said.

That’s an idea Major League baseball should consider. Foul balls are part of the game, and part of the fun. But only when a hitter’s mistimed swing delivers a lazy pop fly in your direction and — I got it, I got it — you make a heroic barehanded grab.

Line drives are something else. Major league foul balls can come off the bat at speeds that exceed 100 mph. Bats go flying, too.

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