Now in the majority of MLB stadiums, the netting provides protection for field-level seats behind home plate, exposing fans who sit behind the dugouts. I think it could have been avoidable, if only netting had been put in place before yesterday’s game.
“You hope they can get netting and have safer procedures for the fans”, she said. “Ten teams have already taken this important step”. “We gave some guidelines two years ago, and what we have done since then is that we have encouraged the individual clubs to engage in a localized process, look at their own stadiums – every stadium’s different – and to try to make a good decision about how far the netting should go in order to promote fan safety”.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday that the league would once again discuss expanding netting.
The Reds’ announcement also followed a statement from Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred in which he called Wednesday’s incident in The Bronx “extremely upsetting for everyone in our game”.
The Cincinnati Reds announced Thursday that they would be “extending new netting to the end of each dugout and replacing the existing netting behind home plate” at Great American Ball Park “for the 2018 season”.
Colangelo said the Tigers have been taking a look at additional netting, even before Wednesday’s incident in NY, which should be noted came on a line drive down the leftfield line which likely would not have been protected by netting. “We will have no further comment at this time”. “We still have some details to work out, but the bottom line is expanded netting at Safeco Field is going to happen”.
As for Todd Frazier, the man responsible for fouling the ball off down the third base line – he was emotionally distraught as he watched stadium personnel tend to the little girl.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be centered around our young fan and her family”.
According to a Yankee Stadium paramedic, who was not authorized to publicly discuss fan injuries, the girl appeared to have been struck by the ball in the nose and right eye and was bleeding when she was carried by her grandfather to a first aid station behind the stands. Team president Randy Levine and GM Brian Cashman could not be reached.
“I’ve remembered looking down at people with toddlers in their laps in the front row and not paying attention”, Hoy says. “We have to move forward and do more to protect the fans”.