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MLB releases statement on Rangers fan Stone

Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 3:19 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

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.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:19 am

MLB releases statement on Rangers fan Stone

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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 4:55 pm

MLB releases statement on Rangers fan Stone

I really hope there aren't a bunch of idiots that chide Josh Hamilton for this. You know 99% of the general population feels terrible for the family and for Hamilton for how this all went down. Anyone with common sense knows that it's not Hamilton's fault anyway, but I pray there are no drunk idiots cat calling him over the next while. Here's hoping this is the last time something this tragic happens at a sporting event.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:23 pm

MLB releases statement on Rangers fan Stone

MLB will probably prohibit players from tossing balls into the stands now!

This was an accident and shouldn't change anything. While unfortunate, no fan should be doing anything out of the ordinary to get a $7 ball. I have had balls come my way but let them bounce or hit off someone else as people go crazy trying to get at it.

Hopefully Josh Hamilton, who is the most accomodating player to fans, doesn't believe it was entirely his fault. He is just doing what he and other players do each and every game throughout the year.

This was a freak accident! Very unfortunate!

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