A federal lawsuit is seeking to have protective netting extended to the foul poles at major league ballparks.
The lawsuit, which was filed against
The suit, filed on behalf of
"Every type of fan is constantly at risk of serious injury or death," said Robert Hilliard, one of the lawyers involved in the case. "If that foul ball is hit hard enough, reaction time is basically zero and life-threatening injury is certain. This is a needless risk. Extending the nets will, as a fact, save lives."
In a statement to the Associated Press, the MLB commissioner's office said fan safety remains their foremost goal.
"Major League Baseball is in the process of reevaluating all issues pertaining to fan safety, comfort and expectations," the statement said.
The lawsuit states Payne and her family feel they are at risk for injury since their seats on the first-base line at
"[Payne] is constantly ducking and weaving to avoid getting hit by foul balls or shattered bats," the lawsuit states.
Tonya Carpenter, 44, suffered a significant amount of blood loss when she was hit in the head with a broken bat from Athletics third baseman
In the wake of the incident, Manfred said baseball would take a closer look a fan safety.
"When you have an issue like this, an incident like this, you have to go back and reevaluate where you are on all of your safety issues and, trust me, we will do that. Just like we are on a variety of issues right now at the beginning of my tenure," Manfred said.