Monday, 16 October, 2017

Man who was blinded in eye by foul ball sues Cubs

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Kristopher Love | 12 October, 2017, 03:40

He alleges the Cubs organization was negligent because Wrigley Field does not have enough spectator netting, something that could have prevented a foul ball from hitting him at an August game and leaving him blind in one eye, according to the lawsuit. The Chicago Sun-Times report said Loos has undergone three surgeries, has two more coming up and may eventually need a prosthetic to replace his eye. Loos was sitting by the first base line when the foul ball struck him.

"Fans are the life-blood of Major League Baseball (and) there should be nothing more important than their safety", said Loos, a resident of the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg. Many have called for more safety after other incidents with foul balls.

In their resolution, aldermen note that Major League Baseball recommends protective netting between the playing field and the stands be extended to cover seats at least 70 feet from home plate.

On September 20th a 2-year-old girl was injured when she was hit in the face by a ball going 105mph at a New York Yankees game.

"I had no idea that you were subjected to such missiles", said Loos, whose eye was heavily bandaged.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said after the incident involving the two year old that the MLB had worked with teams in recent seasons to expand the safety netting, which is now only used behind the home plate.

Turning to news outside our local region, a Chicago Law Office has filed a lawsuit against the Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs. On Monday, Loos attorney said he had contacted the team but did not give any details on what they said.

"I have talked to them and I do believe that they will do the right thing for Jay." said Dunn, whose lawsuit seeks damages of at least $50,000.