MLB calls for more safety netting along foul lines

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - On Wednesday, Major League Baseball issued a set of guidelines for all 30 major league ballclub’s to protect fans from foul balls, and bats that enter the stands.

Ball clubs are encouraged to maintain netting that shields fans in all field-level seats that are located between the near ends of the dug-outs, and within 70 feet of home plate.

Joe Abernathy is the Cardinals' Vice-President of Stadium Operations.

"If you're that close to home plate, between the dug-outs," said Abernathy, "you should be protected by a screen.  And we are in compliance with that recommendation, with our full-height screen behind the plate and then the smaller wings that are about 8-feet high that extend to the dug-outs."

Although warning signs are already in place throughout the ballpark, the MLB recommendations also encourage teams to continue to find ways to warn fans about the danger.

Abernathy said, "If you go to the park you see we have signage now that warns people of flying objects that come off the field.  We're going to reinforce that program and make sure we have that well-communicated."

The commissioner’s office is also asking clubs to provide on-line information at the point of sale, regarding which seats are, and which are not behind protective netting.


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