HOUSTON, TX — During the Wednesday night Astros vs Cubs game, a foul ball struck a small child. During the fourth inning, Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr., 25, hit a ball directly into a young girl.
Almora immediately realized what had happened and was visibly distraught. The wounded girl was rushed away to receive medical treatment at a nearby hospital. She appeared to be awake and responsive as she departed for the hospital, and there were no traces of blood on the baseball or surrounding area.
Before Almora returned to the game, he spent several minutes on the field grieving for the fate of the toddler and the physical injury he had caused. He was later seen in tears asking security guards how the child was doing.
“Right now, I’m just praying and I’m speechless … I’m at a loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing, I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now, and that’s all I really can control.”
— Albert Almora Jr. via ESPN
Manager of the Cubs, Joe Maddon, told reporters that he gave consolation to Almora during the remainder of the game, ensuring that he not blame himself for this unfortunate accident.
However, who is held liable for the injuries of the child? Should the MLB, the baseball teams, or the fans take responsibility for the safety of those in the crowd?
An eerily similar incident occurred two years ago at Yankee Stadium, when a child was hit by another foul ball. In response, Major League Baseball added protective netting to all 30 big-league ballparks which extended from home plate beyond the outer end of each dugout.
Regarding liability, the MLB and its teams are protected by the “baseball rule,” which states that they are not at-fault for injuries of fans during Major League Baseball games. By attending the game, patrons and guests are accepting the associated risks.
The disclaimer printed on each ticket states ‘Enter at your own risk,’ thereby absolving teams the responsibility of providing compensation for fans’ injuries, even if they occurred by their own hand.
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