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Four MLB Teams Announce Plans To Expand Safety Netting, One Day After Toddler Was Hit BY Line Drive At Yankee Stadium

by: Esteban On  Friday, September 22, 2017
Image via Getty / Todd Frazier #29 of the New York Yankees reacts after a child was hit by a foul ball off his bat in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium

Todd Frazier #29 of the New York Yankees reacts after a child was hit by a foul ball off his bat in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium (Image via Getty)

One day after a two-year-old girl was hit by a 105 mph line drive at Yankee Stadium, at least four Major League Baseball teams have announced plans to expand the safety netting behind home plate.

A Boston Red Sox fan nearly died after being hit by a chunk of shattered bat at Fenway Park in 2015. After that, MLB reviewed its safety policies and recommended—not mandated, but recommended—that teams extend the safety netting from behind home plate to the ends of each dugout. Unfortunately, at that time, only 11 teams acted on that recommendation. They were the Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Mets, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Royals, Twins and, of course, the Red Sox.

Now, following the horrifyingly close call at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the Mariners, Padres, and Reds have announced they will extend the safety netting for the 2018 season. Meanwhile, the Rockies have also announced that they are looking into extending the netting, but have not promised it will be ready for 2018.



When asked on Thursday whether MLB would finally require all teams to expand the safety netting, commissioner Rob Manfred said “it remains an ongoing discussion in the industry”—which means probably not. He says what they have done is “encouraged the individual clubs to engage in a localized process, look at their own stadiums—every stadium’s different—and to try to make a good decision about how far the netting should go in order to promote fan safety.”

Luckily, at least half the teams in Major League Baseball are smarter that Rob Manfred. They realize it’s only a matter of time before a fan is actually killed by a ball or a bat.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]



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