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MLB Teams To Add Protective Netting To The End Of Dugouts

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MLB Teams To Add Protective Netting To The End Of Dugouts

By opening day, all major league baseball teams will have to add protective netting to the end of both dugouts. These new protective nets will extend to at least the far end of each dugout with the option to extend further if the ballpark so chooses.

There were four teams yet to add extended protective netting, and they will be required to do so before the season starts. The four teams that had not added netting by the end of the 2017 season were the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins.

Major league baseball originally pushed a recommended guideline for netting back in 2015. However, the original recommendations wanted the netting placed between the ends of dugouts closest to home plate.

In an announcement, commissioner Rob Manfred had this to say about the new netting requirements.

“Providing baseball fans with a variety of seating options when they come to the ballpark, including seats behind protective netting, is important. Major League Clubs are constantly evaluating the coverage and design of their ballpark netting.”

These new protective measures are in response to the increase in spectator injuries. Last season more than a few fans were injured by foul balls, as well as bats that happened to fly into the stands. Most notably, when former Yankees third baseman, Todd Fraizer, hit a foul ball into the stands that injured a 1-year-old girl.


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