Young Dodgers fan hospitalized Sunday after hit in head by foul ball

It’s becoming alarmingly common, but yet another young fan was hospitalized after being struck by a foul ball, this time at a Los Angeles Dodgers game on Sunday.

The young woman was seated just past the end of the protective netting down the first base line, which extends to the far edge of the dugout. She was seated just four rows from the field.

Still, that was not enough time for her to get out of the way of a hard liner from Cody Bellinger, who was clearly distraught by the accident and checked in on the fan after the inning.

According to an AP report, first-aid personel gave her an ice pack, but she had to be taken to a hospital about 15 minutes later for precautionary tests.

The announcer in the video mentioned that fans check their phones more often than ever, but it’s important to point out that fans should not be blamed for being unable to get out of the way of foul balls. Balls hit at 100 mph travel nearly 150 feet per second, giving fans close to the field almost no time to react and move.

After the game, Bellinger came out in support of extending nets, in part because some fans just don’t have a chance to protect themselves.

“I would assume,” he said, “that would be a smart decision just to protect those fans in the front row that don't have the reaction time."

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TORONTO, ON - JULY 1: A view of the new extended safety netting installed this season above the home dugout during the Toronto Blue Jays MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on July 1, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
BOSTON - JULY 10: Boston Red Sox player Mookie Betts reaches around the new protective netting for fans to sign some autographs before the start of the game. The Boston Red Sox host the Texas Rangers in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Greg Bird #33 of the New York Yankees leaps into the protective netting surrounding the infield as he tries to catch a foul ball in an interleague MLB baseball game against the New York Mets on June 10, 2018 at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 2-0. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 19: A young fan chews on the safety netting newly installed this season before the MLB game between the Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19, 2018 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Jeff Chevrier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 22: General view of netting in front of the stands during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on May 22, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 7-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 31: The netting is seen as Jake Odorizzi #12 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the game on May 31, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 9-8. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Marjama falls against the backstop netting chasing a foul ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas in the first inning on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: The newly installed netting is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 9: Newly installed safety netting frames up pitcher Ryan Tepera #52 of the Toronto Blue Jays as he warms up against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 9, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: The newly installed netting is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 05: New safety netting in place that stretches out to the end of both dugouts at Coors Field April 05, 2018 before the Colorado Rockies open their season at home to play the Atlanta Braves Friday afternoon. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: The newly installed netting is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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More netting is needed down the lines

What once seemed like a rare occurrence is verging on an epidemic at baseball games.

It was just 25 days ago that Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr.’s foul ball struck a young fan in a high-profile incident, and it’s happened several times since, including at minor league games.

Even last August, a woman died after suffering injuries from a foul ball at Dodgers Stadium.

Major League Baseball has made an effort to expand netting down the line, and as of 2018, all teams have netting at least to the far edges of each dugout. Many stadiums have more netting that goes down to the foul polls without obstructing fans’ views, and that could have saved this young fan a world of pain. Just in the last week, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals announced plans to extend netting to the polls.

Catching a ball at a baseball game has always — and likely will always — be a favorite part of the game for young fans. However, with foul balls on the rise, that’s no reason to keep netting to the bare minimum.

Some foul balls will still go over netting along the sideline, and fans have a chance to react to high-arcing pop-ups. But even the most aware and prepared fans have little-to-no chance of blocking line drives hit right at them. It’s past time to protect fans more, and future injuries will be on the hands of teams who have decided to do nothing in the face of clear solutions.

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: A general view of Marlins Park during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 27: A general view during the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 27, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Apr 6, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of a United States flag on the field during the playing of the national anthem before the 2015 MLB opening day game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 20: A general view of Fenway Park during the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 20, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 20: A general view of Wrigley Field during the game between the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays on August 20, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 28: A view of the field and the skyline of the city of Philadelphia during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on May 28, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Reds won 8-4. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: General view of the ball park from the upper level as the Colorado Rockies take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Rockies defeated the Nationals 10-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 15: A general view of SunTrust Park during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 08: Overall view of the MLB game between the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 8, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 11-2. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 29: A general view of Tropicana Field during the game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game was moved to Tropicana Field because of Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 11: A general view from the upper deck during the first inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians on June 11, 2017, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated Chicago 4-2. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 4: A general view of the stadium as the Colorado Rockies take on the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 18: General view of the ball park from the upper level as the Washington Nationals play a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 18, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates defeated the Nationals 10-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 27: A general view of the American flag as the national anthem is performed before game three of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on October 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- JULY 18: A general view of Target Field during a game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees on July 18, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Angels 5-4. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 25: A general view of Miller Park before the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds on April 25, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - August 23: A general view of Citi Field during the Arizona Diamondbacks Vs New York Mets regular season MLB game at Citi Field on August 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 11: General view of the ball park from the upper level as the St. Louis Cardinals play a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium on June 11, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Phillies 6-5. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: General view of the ballpark from the upper level as the Chicago White Sox play against the Baltimore Orioles during a game at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 15, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Orioles 5-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 08: General view of the ball park from the upper level during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on June 8, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Cardinals 5-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 6: In this general view the Los Angeles Dodgers play the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning of a baseball gameat PETCO Park on May 6, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: A general view of Yankee Stadium during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees on Monday, April 10, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 08: A general view of ceremonies prior to the home opener between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on April 8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 19: A general view of Comerica Park during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 19, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Dodgers defeated the Tigers 3-0. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 18: A general view as Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals connects during the 3rd inning of the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 18, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD- MAY 24: A general view of Oriole Park at Camden Yards between the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles on May 24, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Twins defeated the Orioles 4-3. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 15: A general view of Angel Stadium of Anaheim during the second inning of a game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 15, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 1: A general view of the Rogers Centre as the 48th Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band peforms during the playing of the American national anthem on Canada Day before the start of the Toronto Blue Jays MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre on July 1, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 14: A general view of play between the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 14, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 23, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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