When you buy a ticket to a Major League Baseball game, the terms and conditions state spectators assume the risk of personal injury and property damage caused by thrown or batted balls. Does the stadium assume the same risk for damage to their property?
If not, Cardinals left fielder Tyler O’Neill will see a nice chunk of his monthly paycheck get sent to the notoriously cheap Miami Marlins. During the Cardinals Tuesday night matchup against the Marlins at loanDepot Park, O’Neill fouled a slider back into the home-plate camera.
Not only did it shatter the camera lens, but it caused a delay as the home-plate umpire tried to find someone with field clearance to clean up the broken glass. Because of COVID-19 protocols, Bally Sports Florida’s technical crew isn’t allowed on the field, leaving batboys to take care of the mess.
According to MLB.com, the Cardinals broadcast crew on Bally Sports Midwest estimated the camera cost was between $20,000-$25,000 with the lens being around $15,000. In his fourth season at the major league level, O’Neill is set to earn $594,700 this year.