Baseball is timeless. Is the Baseball Rule?
The century-old legal doctrine blocks fans from suing a ball club if they get hurt by a foul ball or a shattered bat. The reason: Fans accept the risk of injury at a ballgame because they know batters will occasionally rocket balls into the grandstands.
Fresh off the New York Yankees’ playoff-game win against the Minnesota Twins, a New York appeals court Oct. 3 considered a lawsuit that is testing whether the Baseball Rule–like the Twins’ 2017 season–is now obsolete.
The plaintiff, a lawyer for a private equity fund who was badly injured ...