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Major League Baseball should make it easier for teams like the Phillies and mandate expanded protective netting

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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?

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Chase Utley

Utley: If MLB Makes Slide Rule Changes, ‘we all should abide by them’

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Feb 1, 2016 at 3:34p ET

At the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Fan Fest event over the weekend, infielder Chase Utley was asked by the media about the league possibly making rule changes regarding sliding techniques.

It was Utley’s slide, of course, into New York Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the NLDS that caused a tremendous uproar around the league. His answer to Saturday’s query was quite clear:

“Whatever the rules are I think we all should abide by them, and go from there if they decide to make a change…and play

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