The Chicago White Sox are extending protective netting all the way down the foul lines to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, the team announced in their game notes on Tuesday.
Currently, there are no MLB ballparks that have protective netting to the foul poles in the outfield corners. The changes are expected to be made as soon as possible this season.
Allbefore the 2018 season, but the decision to extend the netting beyond was left up to each individual team.
After a full, protective netting at ballparks picked up steam. Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant called for . Bryant isn’t the only player who has spoken out for more netting either; here’s what White Sox pitcher Evan Marshall told the Chicago Sun Times after a woman was hospitalized after being hit by a foul ball at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 10:during the Cubs-Astros game at Minute Maid Park on May 29, the topic of implementing
“MLB has taken a few steps in the right direction extending the netting, but, honestly, it can go all the way down to the pole and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all. There’s not a player in here that wouldn’t be in favor of that.”
White Sox first baseman Yonder Alonso also supports the idea:
“I’m a big believer in nets all around. No. 1 is the safety of not only the players but of the fans and everybody in the baseball stadium. That’s the reason why we have nets [behind] the dugout. Two feet behind us are the fans, and they don’t have a net. That two feet is nothing when a ball is coming 110 miles per hour.”
It’ll be interesting to see if many — if not all — of the other 29 MLB teams will soon follow suit and move for full protective netting.