Woman struck by Bellinger's foul
liner taken to hospital
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[June 24, 2019]
A woman struck in the head by a
foul ball off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger was
transported to a hospital for tests and observation on Sunday.
The young woman was sitting close to the field down the first base
line, just past where the protective netting at Dodger Stadium ends.
Bellinger hit a sharp liner into the area in the first inning and it
struck the woman, who hasn't been identified.
The woman initially remained in her seat and Bellinger checked on
her after the inning ended. She was given an icepack but left her
seat approximately 15 minutes later to visit first aid at Dodger
Stadium before being taken to the hospital via ambulance.
Bellinger was shaken up by the incident. He stood looking down
toward the area for nearly two minutes before resuming his at-bat.
"I saw it literally hit her face, so it was tough," Bellinger told
reporters after the game. .".. Just tried to regroup, I'm sure it
was tough for everyone."
Bellinger said he would be in favor of the netting being extended
further down the lines at Dodger Stadium.
"I would assume that would be a smart decision just to protect those
fans in the front row that don't have the reaction time," Bellinger
Last season, 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom was struck by a foul ball
at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 25 and died four days later.
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A spectator that was struck in the head by a foul ball in the first
inning is wheeled out the seating area at Dodger Stadium. The ball
was off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger
(not pictured) against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit:
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Fan safety has emerged as a priority for Major League Baseball over
the last few years and all 30 teams have expanded their netting.
Still, a young girl in Houston was struck by a foul ball off the bat
of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr., in late May, prompting
an increase for netting to be further extended down the lines.
Almora was visibly shaken by the incident and said, "I hope this
never happens again, so whatever the league has to do to make that
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