Major League Baseball has released a statement on the tragic death of Shannon Stone last night at the Ballpark in Arlington.
"All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened over the tragic death of Mr. Stone last evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with his son and his entire family. Major League Baseball has the utmost sensitivity to the safety of all the fans that come to our ballparks. Our players are encouraged to be fan-friendly and we will carefully review this incident with our clubs to continue to ensure a safe environment for our fans."
This is just one of the saddest stories in years. You feel for everyone who witnessed it, but especially 6-year-old Cooper, Stone's son who watched his father die at the ballpark.
I also feel so sad for Josh Hamilton, who tossed the ball into the stands, thinking he was helping out a fan, but instead was the impetus for a fan to fall to his death.
This is such a sad story, and something I never thought I'd see happen. Years ago I remember I was in the clubhouse when Andruw Jones, then of the Braves, said he'd been sued for hitting a fan after throwing a ball into the stands. For a while, Jones wouldn't throw a ball into the stands, fearing he'd be sued. The lawsuit was later dropped. I'd often thought of that when a ball would come into the press box and others might drop it into the stands, I'd also try something else. Earlier this year I threw one into a suite next to the press box and it had a little too much zip on it and I worried that I'd hit someone and had an instant flash to a lawsuit, but I never imagined anything like this. Such a sad, sad story.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.