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Major League Baseball should make it easier for teams like the Phillies and mandate expanded protective netting0
John Harper | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Slowly, change seems to be coming on the issue of fan safety in baseball, specifically additional protective netting in ballparks. Unfortunately, it’s not being driven by Major League Baseball but individual franchises, and some perhaps only as a reaction to serious injuries and/or bad publicity.
On Friday the Phillies announced they are extending their netting to the far end of the dugouts at Citizens Bank Ballpark, thus becoming the fifth of 30 MLB teams to protect fans sitting in the areas behind the dugouts.
It’s the right thing to do, and they should be applauded for it, but would they have done it if shortstop Freddy Galvis hadn’t lambasted the team — and MLB — for not having such netting in place last August after his foul ball hit a young girl in the face?
The Phillies declined More >
Fans scrambling to get out of the way of batted balls is a common sight at baseball games, one that more protective netting could help eliminate. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe/Getty Images
Editor’s note: In the days leading up to Jan. 25, Rob Manfred’s one-year anniversary as MLB commissioner, we asked our writers to offer one change or innovation they would make to improve baseball if the sport started over today.
The change: Major League Baseball requires protective netting at all ballparks belonging to its member clubs. Dugout to dugout. Plain and simple.
Already, the league has taken an important step in this direction, but there remains a critical distinction from the current policy to the one proposed here. Last month, MLB announced that, after an in-depth study, the league recommends teams to employ protective netting between the near-ends of both dugouts More >