Should MLB extend safety netting in all stadiums? | The Tylt
Should MLB extend safety netting in all stadiums?
New York Yankee's third baseman Todd Frazier laced a foul ball into the crowd that struck a young girl in the face during a game against the Minnesota Twins. The players and fans were horrified as first responders came on the scene to administer first aid. Expanded protective netting would have prevented this—and other incidents in the past—from happening. But some fans don't want an obstructed view for highly-valued tickets they paid for. Should the MLB require expanded netting?
Why MLB hasn't made it mandatory to expand the protective netting around the baseball field is beyond logic. These are 100-mph projectiles hurling abated into the stands. Even the most athletic human beings can't protect themselves from that—even when they are paying attention.
Around 1,750 people get injured from foul balls per year, according to a 2014 Bloomberg report. Is it going to take someone getting killed before the league implements such a mind-numbingly basic precaution? MLB needs to expand the protective netting.
Some fans are crying they can't see well with a net in front of them. Oh, sorry; didn't know you wanted to subject yourself to a crushed skull, missing teeth or getting pierced by a broken bat.
There's no enjoying a game when there is a risk you can get die from a meaningless play. Fans need to adjust to having a mesh netting that seems to be fine for people sitting in the "best seats in the house" behind home plate. No more excuses. Just put the damn net up.
When you go to a ballgame, there are warnings on tickets and in the stadiums, telling you there are dangerous projectiles flying all over you, so pay attention. If you don't want to take the risk, don't go to the game. And if you are at the game, keep your head on a swivel. Injuries happen when people are so enamored with their phones they aren't tracking the action.
Putting up netting would make it difficult to watch the game people paid good money to see. Being able to take home game-used balls would also dramatically decrease. The joy of catching a foul ball is part of the in-game experience. MLB shouldn't make expanded netting a requirement.
One of the best things about baseball is the unique design of every stadium. Making a one-size-fits-all requirement would be a nightmare for teams where the parks may not accommodate the specific rules the MLB would have to make. Until there is a way to make a rule that is fair to all clubs, each ballpark should make the decision on whether it wants to expand the netting or not.