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At Least Three MLB Teams Extending Netting for 2018

Major League Baseball logoAfter yesterday’s tragic incident where a young girl was severely injured by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium, three MLB teams announced they would extend netting for 2018 — and we expect more announcements in coming weeks.

The Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners all announced today they were installing extended netting for next season. From the Reds:

From the Padres:

From the Mariners:

Finally, the Colorado Rockies announced extended netting was on the agenda, but were not ready to make a final announcement:

After a statement like this, however, it’s hard to say that the Rockies would not be installing extended netting for 2018.

As noted, we expect many more MLB and MiLB teams to announce extended netting for 2018. Teams that have done so for 2017, like the Mets, had to deal with some complaining at the beginning of the season. But today’s netting technology is a distinct improvement over older netting, with smaller knots and finer mesh.

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