Twins officials consider adding additional protective netting

Conversation follows Sunday's incident at Dodger Stadium

Mark Freie
June 25, 2019 - 9:01 am

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If you're headed out to the ballgame at Target Field, you may be sitting behind more protective netting in the future.

Minnesota Twins president and C-E-O, Dave St. Peter, spoke about the issue during the Morning News with Dave Lee.

"We're taking a look to see if our netting should go further than what it does," St. Peter said. "It's a feasible that we may conclude that it should."

Netting at Target Field was extended for the 2018 season. The netting now stretches beyond the dugouts and the dugout box seating areas down both fould lines. Original backstop netting already met MLB regulations, but the Twins opted extend the netting prior to their 2016 season.

"We know that it's made a difference relative to the number of serious injuries that our fans have sustained over the past year and a half," St. Peter said.

Protective netting at MLB ballparks returned to the headlines earlier this season when a 4-year-old girl was struck by a foul ball at Minute Maid Park during an Astros-Cubs game. This past Sunday, a fan was taken to the hospital after getting struck in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium.

The Chicago White Sox recently announced they would extend netting all the way to the wall along the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Despite concerns about how the netting will impact the fans' view of the game, St. Peter says most fans understand the need.

"Anybody who's coming to a game with a little kid, or anyone who's at a game not paying as close of attention will understand the benefit of having the nets when they're sitting that close to home plate."

No official plans have been announced to extend netting at Target Field.

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