More protective netting coming to baseball stadiums

Created: December 12, 2019 09:06 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- More protective netting is coming to Major League Baseball stadiums.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says all 30 teams will extend their nets beyond the end of the dugout for the 2020 season.


The move comes after several fans were seriously injured by foul balls, including a two-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull while at a game at Minute Maid Park in Houston back in May.

Manfred says no rules were passed. The leaders from each baseball team decided independently to extend the netting to better protect fans.

The netting at Frontier Field was extended in 2018. It is about 15 feet high and 90 feet long along each dugout. The change came before a fan was hit by a foul ball at a Rochester Red Wings game in June. At that point, News10NBC spoke to the team's general manager about the possibility of even more netting.

"I'm sure that will be the case at the end of the season," Rochester Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason said in June 2019. "Where Major League Baseball will take a look at the whole season, and will say what they think teams in the big league should do and what teams in the minor leagues should do. I know we have more. Our netting is taller than many Major League ballparks, and certainly many minor league ballparks. I would say there is always a possibility of the netting getting extended further down the baselines."

There is no word yet from the Rochester Red Wings if the netting will be extended even more at Frontier Field after Major League Baseball's change.

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