Young Girl Hit by 105mph Ball at Yankees Game

Players were in tears as she was taken away
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2017 1:40 AM CDT

Players and fans were shaken Wednesday after a foul ball hit a young girl in the face during a game at Yankee Stadium. (This video captures their reactions.) The game between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins was delayed for several minutes while the girl, who was hit by a 105mph line drive from Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier, was carried away, USA Today reports. She was taken to a nearby hospital, and her father told reporters it was too early to tell whether she'll need surgery. Frazier, who took a knee while the girl was taken away, had tears in his eyes when he spoke to reporters after the game, ESPN reports. "I thought of my kids," he said. "I have two kids under 3 years old and I just hope she's all right."

Several other players were in tears as the girl was taken away. She had been sitting with her grandparents about five rows up. After the game, players said more teams should follow Major League Baseball's recommendation to install more protective netting. "We've been trying to get these teams to put nets up," said Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. "Number one, you don't bring kids down there. And number two, every stadium needs to have nets. That's it. I don't care about the damn view of the fan or what. It's all about safety. I still have a knot in my stomach." The Yankees said they were looking into extending netting after a fan was hit in the head by a ball in a similar incident at a July 25 game. (Read more Yankee Stadium stories.)

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