Todd Frazier’s 105-mph foul ball hits little girl in the face
NEW YORK — Todd Frazier asked for prayers for the toddler struck in the face by a 105 mph foul ball he hit in the fifth inning during Wednesday's game at Yankee Stadium.
"2day was tuff watching that little girl. I'll be thinkin about her everyday n her family. Please keep this beautiful girl in ur prayers 2nite," read the tweet sent Wednesday night by the Toms River native and father of two.
Video posted by the Yankees of the at-bat shows Frazier crouching and resting his head on the bat after watching the ball hit the girl.
"I hope she's all right. It's just something that I wish never happened. It was tough to watch and tough to be a part of, to be honest. I thought of my kids. I have two kids under 3 years old. I just hope she's all right," Frazier said after the game.
"Anyone who knows Todd was not surprised with his reaction. Watching him crouching at home plate with his head down you just knew what he was thinking," Kevin Williams of the Shore Sports Network said. Williams covered Frazier when he led Toms River East to the 1998 Little League World Series.
"Then when interviewed afterwards he was choked up when talking about his two own two kids (under the age of 3) realizing that it could easily have been them. Todd is a star baseball player second….family has and will always come first."
The Yankees in a statement said the girl was taken to a hospital, but did not disclose her identity or condition.
"The child who was struck with a batted ball today was given first aid at the ballpark and is receiving medical attention at an area hospital. The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, prevents the team from giving more information. We will have no further comment at this time."
The incident reopened the debate over putting up netting at Yankee Stadium and other major league ballparks.
The Mets extended netting beyond the outfield ends of the dugouts this season after the All-Star break. The Yankees said in an August statement posted on the team's website that they "are seriously exploring extending the netting prior to the 2018 season."
Frazier said his family always sits behind the net at games and is a supporter of them.
"I think the netting should be up. I think every stadium should have it, but we're not at that point yet. Hopefully, they took a look at all this and they figure something out."
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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