A bit of odd news surfaced on Tuesday, as Jorge Soler and the Braves are being sued by a fan who was struck in the face with a ball that was thrown into the stands in 2021.
A lawsuit has been filed against Jorge Soler and the Braves for damages related to facial injuries sustained by a fan from a ball Soler threw into the crowd in 2021
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) October 31, 2023
The incident actually occurred during Game 3 of the World Series. The defendant is Mayra Norris, who was struck in the face with a ball thrown by Soler prior to the fifth inning, suffering several facial fractures and other injuries.
“Defendant Soler did not softly toss the ball into the stands to the crowd,” the lawsuit states, via The Atlanta Journal Constitution. “He threw the ball overhand, with a great deal of speed and force. Defendant Soler threw the ball with such force and speed that it hit Ms. Norris directly in her right eye causing extensive and excruciating injury to her right eye.”
It’s an unfortunate situation for all parties involved. Nobody wants to see someone get seriously injured at a game where everybody should be having a good time, especially during the World Series. But at the same time, I highly doubt there was any intent from Soler, and fans are expected to be alert at all times during the game, especially in areas near the field of play where balls are constantly entering the bleachers via foul balls or from the players themselves.
It certainly seems as if Soler did nothing out of the ordinary and should not be held accountable for his actions, but anytime there is money involved, people are going to try and get a piece of the pie.
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