MLB Teams To Add Protective Netting

Written by Charlotte Carrol at SI.com

After a young girl was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium during a Yankees–Twins game on Wednesday, the Reds became the first team to respond by announcing a plan to increase netting at its stadium, Great American Ballpark. The Mariners, Padres and Rockies have since followed suit.

“The Reds’ ongoing commitment to providing the best ballpark experience includes maintaining the safety and security of our fans,” the statement said.

The Mariners also announced a plan to increase netting at Safeco Field, but said the specifics of the plan are still being discussed.

“This is an issue that we’ve been concerned about for some time,” Mariners president Kevin Mather said. “We still have some details to work out, but the bottom line is expanded netting at Safeco Field is going to happen.”

The Padres’ statement specified that they will extend netting to the end of each dugout by Opening Day 2018.

Colorado didn’t unveil specific plans so much as acknowledge that the team is looking into expanding the netting. The Rockies highlighted “engineering issues” and vendor selection as parts of the process that make the endeavor so complex.

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