Indians and Twins to extend protective netting for the 2018 season


At Target Field, the height of the existing netting will be raised above the dugout from seven feet to nine feet. The club will also extend the netting beyond the dugouts down both foul lines. The Twins specifically noted that the netting would be knotless and come in multiple shades of green so as to better blend in with the grass on the field.

The Associated Press reports that the Indians and Twins have announced plans to extend protective netting at Progressive Field and Target Field, respectively, for the 2018 season. "With that reality in mind, we feel extending the ballpark's netting is in the best interest of our fans".

Other teams have also moved to prevent fans from being killed or maimed after a young girl was badly injured in Yankee Stadium in NY late this past season after a hard-hit foul ball struck her in the face. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was emotional as he called for more netting at major league ballparks, and now he will see it happen.

For fans more concerned about sight-lines, a team statement said the club also will use "the latest netting technology to minimize the intrusion on the live game experience at Progressive Field".

A few other clubs, including Cincinnati, San Diego, Colorado and Mariners announced plans to expand netting at their ballparks following the incident in NY. The team added extra netting across homeplate sections before the 2016 season, following recommendations set by Major League Baseball.