Justin Verlander on foul balls: 'Everybody can be in serious danger'

Baseball After a woman was struck in the head by a foul ball Friday night, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander said needs more protective measures."It seems like something happens once a game, where a ball just misses a fan and, inevitably, it's always small kids or women, you know," Verlander told reporters following Detroit's 2-0 loss to the Rangers. "It's just something that needs to be looked at, and hopefully it doesn't get to the point where something really serious happens before there's an adjustment made.  "Those low-liners, they catch us off guard in the dugout, and we're Major League Baseball players, and we still get hit. So everybody else can be in serious danger."MORE: The 15 best baseball movies ever, ranked | Mike Fiers tosses 134-pitch no-hitter After the game, Verlander further expressed his opinion on ballpark safety on Twitter.More protective measures need to be put in place in all ball parks! Players are sick of seeing injuries that could easily be avoided!— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 22, 2015I hope the fan tonight is okay! #getwellsoon @ should make changes before it's too late #dontwaittoolate— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 22, 2015Friday night's incident was just the latest incident involving a fan struck by a ball or flying bat this season. A woman at PNC Park in Pittsburgh was hit by a baseball in April and another woman suffered life-threatening injuries in June after a broken bat flew into the stands at Fenway Park.  Related News

No-hitters thrown by major league pitchers in 2015 "Nets need to go up all around baseball, without a doubt," Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos said. "Even in minor league stadiums. I remember in West Michigan, on field trip days, I've seen kids get hit. I've seen multiple fans get hit, and I don't know what the cause is – why they haven't done it yet, but for the safety of the fans, I think it's necessary."


Related Posts