Toddler hit in face by foul ball at New York Yankees game

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Toddler girl hit by foul ball during Yankees game
Eyewitness News Sports Anchor Ryan Field has more on the incident.

BRONX, New York (WABC) -- A young New York Yankees fan was injured after being hit by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

A 105 mile-an-hour foul ball went off the bat of Todd Frazier and hit the 2-year-old girl in the face during the game between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.

As the game was delayed for about four minutes, fans frantically waved for help and players were distraught, some with tears in their eyes.

Frazier, crouched over with his hands over his face.

"I thought of my kids. I have two kids under 3 years old, and I just hope she's alright," Frazier said.

PHOTOS: Young fan struck by ball at Yankees game

Baseball fans react as a young girl is carried out of the seating area after being hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Yankees and Twins.
AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

Eyewitness News talked with the girl's father, as he was leaving the hospital Wednesday night.

"She's doing alright, just keep her in your thoughts," the victim's father said.

The moment of the impact had all of Yankee nation holding their breath.

"Look out. Oh my goodness," the game announcer said.

Here's video showing the reaction on the field:

The toddler's grandparents took her to the game.

"You could see the concern on everyone in the ballpark," said Joe Girardi, Yankees Manager. "The players, the umpires, the fans and it's disturbing when it happens. And it's hard for a player when it happens."

Major League Baseball issued recommendations for protective netting almost two years ago, encouraging teams to have it in place between the ends of the dugouts closest to home plate.

The Mets extended the netting at CitiField this season, but Yankee Stadium remained as-is. The Yankees said last month they "are seriously exploring extending the netting" for next season.

Councilmember Rafael Espinal has introduced legislation to turn that recommendation into city law to protect fans.

"They shouldn't be worried about getting injured. That shouldn't be on the back of their minds," Councilmember Espinal said. "What they should be worrying about is having a good time with their families, eating a hot dog, watching their favorite players out on the field."

After Wednesday's incident several players are now coming out in favor of that netting.