Last year, I attended a minor league baseball game in Ohio. That night, I left the ballpark but did not return home for three days. And when I did go home, I was changed: I will never see out of my right eye again. Ever.
I have been advocating ever since for safer ballparks across the country — at the major league and the minor league levels. I have tried my hardest to warn people of the very real dangers that ballparks present. Most people know that balls are going to fly into the stands but most are unaware that they come at incredible speed, usually faster than 100 mph. They can inflict serious damage when they strike. Unfortunately, I have discovered along the way that I am not alone in my suffering. This happens frequently, and the injuries are just devastating. The worst part is MLB and MiLB know all of this and, until very recently, had chosen to do very little about it. Because this matter is so important to me and I have family in Maryland, I decided to see where their ballparks stand on netting.