Red Sox taking safety measures after fan injured

Tonya Carpenter was seriously injured in June 6 incident

A debate about ballpark security has gained momentum after a fan was seriously injured by a broken bat during a game between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. (Charles Krupa/AP)

BOSTON (WWLP) – The Boston Red Sox will be making some safety changes at Fenway Park, as a result of an incident where a woman was hit in the head by a piece of broken bat.

Tonya Carpenter
Tonya Carpenter is seen in an undated photo provided by the family of Tonya Carpenter. Carpenter, 44, of Paxton, Mass., who was hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park during a game between the Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox on June 6. (the family of Tonya Carpenter via AP)

The incident happened back on June 6, during a game between the Red Sox and the visiting Oakland Athletics. Forty-four year-old Tonya Carpenter, a fan who had been sitting a few rows up on the third base line, suffered serious injuries after being hit by the piece of bat.

Major League Baseball investigated the incident, and spoke with representatives for all 30 teams. Because of their recommendations, the Sox will be expanding the netting behind the backstop for the upcoming season.

“The club is in the process of evaluating different design options to identify the best solution for Fenway Park, and is proactively reaching out to ticket holders most affected by the planned changes,” reads a statement from the Red Sox.

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