The Nats announced they are extending the netting behind home plate at Nationals Park this season in hopes of improving fan safety.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recommended in December that teams install extra netting at stadiums around baseball. Baseball has long dealt with the risk of fans getting hit by foul balls and in June there was an ugly incident in Boston when a woman was struck by an errant bat.
The Nationals will now have netting that reaches to the far ends of each dugout. Here is a diagram to demonstrate:
The Nationals issued a press release on the matter and said the decision was made after an internal review.
"In December, Major League Baseball released new guidelines regarding field netting. An internal review of those guidelines led us to conclude that expanding the field netting is the best approach to enhance fan safety," said Jennifer Giglio, vice president of communications for the Washington Nationals.
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