Several Teams Announce Plans to Install Additional Netting After Yankee Stadium Incident

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About a third of the 30 major league teams have at the commissioner's urging extended the netting to at least the end of the dugout. 10 others teams have already done so.

"Major League Baseball prides itself on providing fans in our ballparks with unparalleled proximity and access to our players and the game taking place on the field", Manfred said in a statement when the recommendation was issued.

However, in the wake of the incident at Yankees Stadium, the pressure is on other teams to also follow suit.

One day after a two-year-old girl was hit by a 105 miles per hour line drive at Yankee Stadium, at least four Major League Baseball teams have announced plans to expand the safety netting behind home plate. They were the Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Mets, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Royals, Twins and, of course, the Red Sox.

"I thought of my kids".

"Over the past few seasons Major League Baseball has worked with our clubs to expand the amount of netting in our ballparks", Manfred said.

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"It remains an ongoing discussion in the industry." he continued, "We gave some guidelines two years ago and what we have done since then is that we have encouraged the individual clubs to engage in a localized process, look at their own stadiums - every stadium is different - and to try to make a good decision about how far the netting should go in order to promote fan safety. I would say require more netting for the safety of children and the safety of everybody". In 1970, a 14-year-old boy died four days after he was hit in the head at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

"Baseball and the teams that continue this foolish conceit are negligent, are culpable, are to blame". Sadly, hockey fans are safer because of her.

According to USA Today's Bib Nightengale, some teams have said that season-ticket holders were against extended netting for fear of obstructed views.

Blue Jays utility player Jon Berti cited the safety of fans in supporting more netting, and called it a "no brainer".

Some cities, including NY, are considering passing city ordinances to require teams to extend netting to protect fans.


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