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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Twins to add more safety netting at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday they will make further extensions to safety netting at Target Field next season, the third such enhancement they’ve made in five years.

The new netting along the left-field line will extend an additional 85 feet from the previous endpoint and 8 feet from the previous height, making that side about 275 feet long and 22 feet high.

Along the right-field line, the net will stretch 65 feet longer and 7 feet higher, to about 255 feet long and 21 feet high.

 

QLE Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Foul balls hurt hundreds of fans at MLB ballparks

An NBC News investigation found at least 808 reports of injuries to fans from baseballs from 2012 to 2019. The injuries include concussions and permanent vision loss. In 2018, a grandmother celebrating her 79th birthday at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles died after being hit in the head by a foul ball. Most of the injuries resulted from fouls. Some are from home runs and batting practice. In other cases, fans were injured as they scrambled to catch balls flying into the stands.

Though baseball is synonymous with statistics, where fans can trace the placement of every pitch and home run, Major League Baseball, along with the 30 teams declined NBC News’ requests for information about the number of incidents and injuries at their ballparks. Some teams said they don’t track that data, others said it was a privacy issue.

The NBC News tally is based on lawsuits, news reports, social media postings and information from the contractors that provide first aid stations at MLB stadiums.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2019 at 10:44 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

White Sox host 1st MLB game with foul pole-to-pole netting

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have become the first team in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole, starting Monday night against the Miami Marlins.

The extra netting at Guaranteed Rate Field was in place for Chicago’s first home game since the All-Star break. The White Sox announced the safety measure last month, a week after a foul ball at the park sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding.

On Sunday in Cleveland, another fan was hurt by a foul. Indians star Francisco Lindor said he was told his line drive put a 3-year-old boy in the hospital.

“It’s a great idea,” White Sox pitcher Evan Marshall said. “It’s a shame it wasn’t done sooner and just almost a standard across baseball, I think. Finally the players are speaking out because everybody is tired of seeing people get hit.

The expansion of the nets is not just something in MLB- at my hometown stadium, they substantially increased the size of the netting between last season and this one.

 

QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:33 AM | 122 comment(s)
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