Baseball Teams Reviewing Stadium Safety After Fan’s Death

By Ronald Blum | July 14, 2011

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says teams are reviewing stadium safety following the death of a fan at a Texas Rangers game last week.

The fan, 39-year-old Shannon Stone, fell over a railing while trying to catch a ball thrown to the stands by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.

“It was a horrible accident, heartbreaking, almost beyond comprehension,” Selig said Tuesday during a question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

“Each team determines its own ballpark safety features based on local laws. Maybe there’s some things they can or can’t do,” Selig said. “Common sense should always take over in this situation.”

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