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Indians and Twins to extend protective netting for the 2018 season

07 December 2017, 05:48 | Henrietta Morgan

Indians and Twins to extend protective netting for the 2018 season

Indians and Twins to extend protective netting for the 2018 season

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The Minnesota Twins have announced plans to enhance fan safety at Target Field. "Safety is our No. 1 priority 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". (Some, like the Mets, had gone even further with nets that reach to the ends of the foul poles.) In the months following the Yankee Stadium injury, at least eight more clubs have begun working on installing extended netting for next season.

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At Progressive Field, the netting will be extended from behind home plate to the ends of both dugouts.

The AL Central champions are prioritizing fan safety while using the latest technology to "minimize the intrusion on the live-game experience" at the ballpark. The Twins will raise the height of the existing protective netting above the dugouts from seven feet to nine feet. Additionally, the new netting will be composed of a combination of green hues to allow the netting to blend with the playing field and provide greater visibility.

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In September, a 2-year-old was injured by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium, in what has become the latest incident to renew the debate around Major League Baseball's guidelines for safety netting.

The Indians said they have already started notifying Tribe season ticket holders whose seats are affected by the changes.

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