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No Mandate Just A Suggestion on Added MLB Safety Netting

December 13, 2015

Earlier this week, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, asked for all teams to extend the safety nettings in place. This request comes after a lawsuit was filed, claiming that the league was negligent in not requiring the netting to extend from home plate to each foul pole. Due to the high-profile attention the case is receiving, Manfred issued the request to all 30 Major League clubs.

 

The request is just that: a request. The commissioner is not mandating or requiring the change, but rather leaving the details up to each individual club to manage. He urges clubs to find ways to make their stadiums safer to all fans who enter, without losing the beloved watching experience they have come to expect.

 

According to the Commissioner’s Office, they have “retained a consultant specializing in stadium architecture and protective netting,” in order to assist the teams. The statement from the commissioner also includes a section asking teams to further educate fans on the hazards they may face inside the ballparks. Currently, most clubs use fine print on tickets, the occasional announcement and a few signs around the park.

 

The commissioner stated in an official press release, “Major League Baseball prides itself on providing fans in our ballparks with unparalleled proximity and access to our players and the game taking place on the field.”

 

While it is highly unlikely that a “perfect medium” between safety and experience exists, the commissioner must get as close to that standard as possible. Failing to find that equality could lead to hazardous consequences for the league.

 

Major League Baseball has to be careful how they approach this situation. They are walking a fine line, between safety and experience. Should a ball game become too unsafe, a majority of the fans will quit going out to stadiums. However, should the game become less of an immersive experience, you risk the same fate of losing those fans.

 

With more power hitters entering the league each season, balls are flying off bats at an even faster pace than in previous seasons. The risk of injury from a foul ball seems likely to grow with each season to come.

 

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Thanks for reading and supporting us. You are awesome!!

 

Blake Cole

Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 

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