Indians and Twins to extend protective netting for the 2018 season

Indians and Twins to extend protective netting for the 2018 season

- The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday they plan to extend the protective netting at Target Field to protect fans with seats close to the action.

The Indians will extend the current vertical netting behind home plate down the foul lines at Progressive Field to the ends of the dugouts in an effort to better protect fans from hard-hit foul balls and bats flying into the stands.

"Safety is our No. 1 priority", said Jim Folk, Indians VP of Ballpark Operations, "and these measures should balance that commitment to safety with the interactive nature of our game, something we know is also important to our fans". The Indians said they plan to use the latest technology in order to, "minimize the intrusion on the live game experience". The Twins described their netting as having thin strands, a knotless intersection and a combination of green hues to allow for better blending with the grass.

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The ball that struck the child in NY came off Yankee hitter Todd Frazier's bat at 105 miles-per-hour.

The Twins will raise the height of their existing netting by two feet and extend the nets behind home plate to the ends of the dugout seating section along both foul lines.

Following the September incident in New York, Commissioner Rob Manfred said there was still no timetable to require the protective netting, in part because different stadium designs pose a hurdle to creating a league-wide mandate, according to the New York Daily News.

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