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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?

The Phillies declined More >

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper: The First $500 Million Player?

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David Schoenfield | ESPN Senior Writer

You think the money teams have spent this offseason has been insane? Well …

Over at NBC Sports, Joe Posnanski speculates that when Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, he’ll be in line for a $500 million contract:

Harper becomes a free agent after the 2018 season, which will be just after he turns 26 years old. That could not be better for him. Most studies show that the 26-27-28 years are the typical peak for players with a slow decline until 31 or 32 when the decline speeds up considerably.

That means the team that signs Harper — assuming he’s healthy and has put up similar years to his 2015 season — can bet heavily on five to seven great years, and perhaps two or three more good ones, if he can More >

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