The Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners both made statements Thursday announcing that they will add additional netting to their ballpark in 2018.
The Reds and Mariners are the first teams to make such a move since Todd Frazier’s foul ball sent a young girl to the hospital during Wednesday’s matchup against the Twins at Yankee Stadium.
The new netting at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati will extend to the outer end of each dugout, according to the Reds’ statement. The netting will be in place for Opening Day 2018.
“The Reds’ ongoing commitment to providing the best ballpark experience includes maintaining the safety and security of our fans,” the statement reads.
The team’s current nets already meet MLB’s recommended guidelines, but the new netting aims to go “beyond the standards” of the commissioner’s office.
The Mariners, on the other hand, haven’t yet decided on a definitive plan, although it’s likely they’ll extend the netting at least to the far ends of the dugouts. The new netting at Safeco Field could be implemented as early as Opening Day 2018.
Earlier this season, the Mets added netting that spanned the length of the dugout. As of now, only the Mets, Phillies, Royals, Twins, and Nationals have extra netting that extends as far as the end of the dugout.
Both organizations’ efforts are an immediate response to MLB Commisioner Rob Manfred’s call to action on Thursday to “double the efforts” to protect fans.
With Zachary Ripple