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MLB Wants Beer-Throwing, 'Loon-Ball' Fan Prosecuted

It's also pressuring Toronto to ban beer cans from the stands
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2016 6:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – Major League Baseball wants officials in Canada to prosecute the Toronto Blue Jays fan who threw a can of beer at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of the AL wild-card game Tuesday, the AP reports. Toronto police on Wednesday released a photo of the fan suspected of throwing the can, and the photo was shared by thousands on social media. "We are working very hard to locate the individual involved," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said. The photo released shows a man with dark hair, a Blue Jays shirt, and a jacket glaring down at Kim. "Investigators are strongly encouraging this man to seek legal advice and turn himself into police," police said in a statement.

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This has apparently been an ongoing problem at Rogers Centre in Toronto, and the league wants the Blue Jays to ban cans in the stands. "I don't think there is another ballpark where beer is served in cans," Manfred said. "We've worked really hard to make sure...that alcohol is served and consumed in a responsible way in all of our ballparks." Toronto said it is planning tougher security measures and alcohol policies at Rogers Centre. Toronto also apologized to the Orioles and pledged to help authorities identify the spectator. Toronto Mayor John Tory called the fan a "loon-ball," encouraged him to turn himself in, and suggested he may need counselling. (Read more Major League Baseball stories.)

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