OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics will expand protective netting between the stands and the playing field to the far ends of both dugouts ahead of the 2018 season.
The netting will be a similar green color as the grass on the field to reduce the visual distraction to fans in attendance and those watching on television, the team said Tuesday. The A's will also expand the netting at the team's spring training ballpark in Mesa, Arizona.
Team President Dave Kaval said the extra safety measures are consistent with recommendations from Major League Baseball.
"We are committed to delivering a great experience while also ensuring the safety of our fans,” Kaval said. “The additional netting coverage is in line with the safety recommendations by Major League Baseball.”
Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Detroit, the New York Yankees, Milwaukee, Minnesota, San Diego, Seattle and Toronto are among teams to announce expanded netting this year.
By the end of last season, Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, the New York Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Texas and Washington had netting that reached the far ends of the dugouts.
The young A's just added a veteran to the clubhouse, and it's a familiar face.
Brandon Moss, who played in Oakland from 2012 to 2014, was acquired from the Royals on Monday in the four-player trade.
Moss, left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter and cash considerations are coming to the A's in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer.
After bouncing around from several teams, Moss found a home in 2012 with the A's and hit 21 home runs in 84 games that year. After hitting a career-high 30 home runs in 2013, Moss represented the A's in the 2014 All-Star Game. That December, they traded him to Cleveland for prospect Joey Wendle.
Last season, Moss hit .207/.279/.428 with 14 doubles, 22 home runs and 50 RBI in 118 games. He spent most of his time in Kansas City as the designated hitter, but saw limited action at first base and in left and right field.
Hahn's stay in Oakland got off to a solid start in 2014 and 2015, but the last two seasons didn't go well for the 28-year-old. Hindered by injuries, he posted a 5.59 ERA in 23 appearances during 2016 and 2017.
Buchter turned in a solid 2017 season for the Padres and Royals. He appeared in 71 games out of the bullpen and recorded a solid 2.89 ERA.
Fillmyer was a fifth-round pick by the A's in 2014 and spent the entire 2017 season with Double-A Midland where he was 11-5 with a 3.49 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 29 starts.
OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s unveiled a Kelly Green alternate jersey today that will be worn by the team during every Friday home game in 2018. The jersey , which includes “Oakland” on the front, serves as a nod to the team’s rich history, as Kelly Green became one of the team’s colors in 1961. The A’s transitioned to solid Kelly Green jerseys in 1972.
The Kelly Green jersey is also part of the team’s new initiative, “Green Fridays.” Friday home games will feature enhanced ballpark entertainment, DJs, and more. The A’s encourage fans to show their team pride by wearing green every Friday. Fans can share photos wearing green by tagging @athletics and #GreenFridays on Twitter. More information on Green Fridays can be found at athletics.com/greenfridays.
The Kelly Green jersey will be available for purchase at the A’s FanFest tomorrow, Jan. 27, at Jack London Square and online at athletics.com/shop. Additionally, the team will give away 15,000 Kelly Green Matt Chapman replica jerseys at the game on Friday, April 20.
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