Fan who hit Verdugo with baseball banned for life from MLB games – .

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Fan who hit Verdugo with baseball banned for life from MLB games – .


NEW YORK – The fan who hit Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the stands at Yankee Stadium has been banned for life from attending major league games.
The decision was confirmed on Sunday by spokespersons for New York Yankees and Major League Baseball.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly took his side off the pitch in the sixth inning on Saturday night after Verdugo was struck in the back by a ball thrown from the left-field seats. He didn’t seem hurt.

An angry Verdugo yelled at the fans and was held back by first baseman Tom Goodwin as the game was delayed in the pouring rain. The fan was thrown from the stadium.

“While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries – especially with the Red Sox – reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that endangers the safety of players, field staff or others fans will not be tolerated. The Yankees said in a statement on Sunday.

“There’s absolutely no room for that at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the field, will always be the top priority for the Yankees organization whenever we open our doors. “

Verdugo said he threw the ball into the stands to a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted him and sent him back onto the pitch, hitting the outfielder.

“It’s horrible, embarrassing, unacceptable,” New York manager Aaron Boone said afterwards.

Verdugo returned to left field when play resumed following a discussion with the umpires near the Boston dugout.

“I felt like he was being targeted at me and that doesn’t suit me,” he said.

New York won 3-1 in a game called after six innings due to heavy rain.

NJ.com reported on Sunday that the fan had not been arrested.

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