Four MLB Teams Announce Plans To Expand Safety Netting, One Day After Toddler Was Hit BY Line Drive At Yankee Stadium
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.
In an effort to better protect our fans, we will be extending the netting at @SafecoField.
— Mariners (@Mariners) September 21, 2017
The Padres will extend netting at Petco Park for 2018.
— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) September 21, 2017
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 21, 2017
Here is the Colorado Rockies statement regarding expanded netting at Coors Field. pic.twitter.com/mJAO48BlPJ
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 21, 2017
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]