What follows is a list of some of the serious injuries from balls and bats suffered by fans at major and minor league games during the 2015 season. It is by no means a comprehensive list:
A man was struck over his right eye during an April 11 game at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The blow resulted in an inch and a half gash just above his eyebrow.
A woman standing behind home plate during an April 20 game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh was struck on the back of the head and knocked unconscious when the force of the foul ball pushed the protective netting back against her.
A boy seated near the first base-side dugout was struck on the head by a checked-swing foul ball during a game at San Francisco’s A. T. & T. Ballpark on May 3.
A woman was struck in the face and near-fatally injured by the barrel of a broken bat during a game at Fenway Park on June 5.
A woman and a child were injured by foul balls at a New Jersey Jackals game played at Montclair State University on June 13. Both were taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
A young boy was stuck on the upper chest near his left shoulder by a foul ball during a Philadelphia Phillies game on June 19. He was taken to the hospital for observation.
A man and a woman were struck by the same line drive foul ball during a Marlins game on June 28. The woman, who was seated in the first row along the right field line was hit in the face when the speeding ball ricocheted off the railing in front of her seat. She was removed by wheelchair and taken to an area hospital for treatment and observation. A man sitting near her was hit on the head by the same ball. He received treatment at the stadium first aid station.
A woman was knocked unconscious when a pop foul ball struck her on the right side of her head during a Lynchburg (VA) Hillcats game on July 4.
A single mother of two was struck in the face by a foul ball during a game at Miller Park in Milwaukee on July 6. Surgery was required, during which two titanium plates were placed in her head. She sustained permanent nerve damage on the left side of her head and severe injuries to her left eye.
A women was struck between the eyes by a foul ball during a game at Fenway Park on July 10. The injury resulted in over 30 stitches.
A woman was struck on the head by a foul ball during a South Bend (IN) Cubs game on July 21. She had to be carried from the stadium by EMS personnel and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
A 10-year-old girl was stuck in the face by a foul ball during a game at Durham (NC) Athletic Park on July 31.
A single mother of two was struck between the eyes by a foul ball during a Frisco (TX) RoughRiders minor league game on August 14. A week after the injury, she underwent nine hours of reconstructive surgery.
A woman seated behind the home team dugout during a Detroit Tigers game on August 21 was struck on the head by a foul ball. She was treated at the stadium first aid station before being transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
A woman seated behind the camera well along the first base side of Wrigley Field on August 21 was struck in the left side of her head by a line drive foul ball and had to be removed by stretcher and taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
An elderly couple attending a Miami Marlins game on September 6 were struck by the same foul ball. Seated along the left field line some 200 feet from home plate, the line shot off the bat of a Mets player first struck the woman on her right eye before it ricocheted and hit her husband on the top of his head. Both were treated at the stadium first aid station before being reseated behind the protective netting near home plate.
A man was struck on the left shoulder by a line drive foul ball during the first inning of a Red Sox-Blue Jays game at Fenway park on September 9. He left his seat after he was hit, but later returned holding an ice pack to his injured shoulder.