Blinded Chicago man suing Cubs, MLB for foul-ball incident

In late August, John “Jay” Loos was attending a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The game became memorable for the wrong reasons.

Loos was struck in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl, breaking his nose and six bones around his left eye. It also left him blind in one eye. He’s now suing the Cubs and Major League Baseball for at least $50,000 in damages, according to Elvia Malagon of the Chicago Tribune.

The complainant alleges that the Cubs were negligent for not providing enough protective netting to keep fans safe.

It’s another story in a series of developments across baseball regarding fan safety. Prior to the postseason, the New York Yankees became the latest club to announce expanded netting for 2018. That was, at least partially, in response to an unfortunate incident that saw a young fan injured by a Todd Frazier foul ball.

The Cubs had extended their netting based on 2015 recommendations stemming from a previous lawsuit filed against MLB. Though, their extended netting only covered field-level seats between the dugouts. Loos’ attorney says this is not sufficient.

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