Maryland Minor-League Team Fined in Worker's Death

18-year-old Mitchell Akers was a seasonal empoyee

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    The Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team faces a $3,500 fine stemming from the death of a ballpark worker.

    The

    Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports

    that the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency issued the fine June 21 after investigating the death of 18-year-old Mitchell Akers of Smithsburg. The Suns have until July 16 to contest the penalty.

    Akers was a seasonal employee of the Suns, a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

    Police say he was riding atop some garbage bags in the back of a utility vehicle when he fell and fractured his skull at Municipal Stadium on April 10.

    The state also imposed fines totaling $5,600 for other alleged health and safety violations at the stadium.