Finally… MLB approves extended netting for 2016 season

About damn time… As a an avid watcher (and a fan first) of Asian Baseball… I’ve always wondered why the netting in Major League Baseball were so short when I first discovered the league back in 2010 compared to the KBO and NPB… even the CPBL league in Taiwan also have extended netting. Even checked the media sources a while back in these respective leagues countries if there was ever a fatal injury coming from a liner or broken bat in the stands near the lines, nothing was shown nor reported… YTN and TVchanews (South Korea) was clean as a whistle, and no injuries were reported this year…

 

You can see more of the story about the approval right here.

 

Craig Doehring suffered a broken rib in 2006 when a bat slipped from the grip of a baseball player at Globe Life Park.

 

(The pic from above, Craig Doehring suffered a broken rib in 2006 when a bat slipped from the grip of a baseball player at Globe Life Park.)

 

This extended netting approval should’ve happened a long time ago…

11 thoughts on “Finally… MLB approves extended netting for 2016 season

  1. Holy crap, 1,750 fans injured per year in MLB parks by foul balls!? Ridiculous that they did nothing sooner. I wish it wasn’t just a recommendation then. Hopefully, when they solidify things in January, everyone will be on board.

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    1. I wonder how much of that number is people actually being struck by foul balls, and how much is drunken loons falling over seats or down stairs while chasing foul balls.

      Also, unless I’m really misremembering my high school anatomy class, that bat hit that dude in the jaw….not the rib.

      And this sentence buried at the bottom of the article is rather interesting….

      MLB and Fox Sports have entered into a three-year agreement, and any subscriber to Fox Sports Southwest will have access to in-market live streaming of games.

      Streaming in-market games is a thing now? I’ll bet large quantities of money that this isn’t close to perfect, but it damn sure looks like a step in the right direction.

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      1. “Also, unless I’m really misremembering my high school anatomy class, that bat hit that dude in the jaw….not the rib.”

        Haha yeah, I swear that is one heck of a typo in the article right there.

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      2. You have to prove that you’re in that market by verifying what tv package you have. So someone like me, who lives in the Brewers’ market, still won’t be able to get Braves games because I don’t get Fox Sports South or whatever they’re calling it these days.

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      3. Braves would be out-of-market for people living in Brewer country. You should be able to get those games on the mlb.tv service without any trouble (unless they are playing each other).

        But it’s that “verifying your tv package” garbage that remains the problem. For those of us that have completely abandoned all that stupid cable package bullshit, this new deal does absolutely nothing whatsoever, regardless of what market we live in.

        I knew it wouldn’t be perfect, but that’s pretty much meaningless. I reckon I’ll just continue using the same bootleg workaround I’ve been using for the last couple years.

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      4. Even if it is drunken idiots, baseball is serving the drinks and making a lot of money off of that alcohol. They’re still responsible for making even them reasonably safe from foul balls.

        I go to games fairly regularly, and at least once a game, I see someone in the stands hit or nearly hit by a ball or a bat. Of course, the injury is usually minor so you don’t hear about it. I once treated a young girl (definitely not drunk) in the ER who was hit in the head by a bat from a Toronto Blue Jays spring training game. I checked and it never made the news.

        This is good news.

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      5. “Also, unless I’m really misremembering my high school anatomy class, that bat hit that dude in the jaw….not the rib.”

        Unless he was eating ribs at the time and had one in his mouth…

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    2. You mean 1,750 people who have been pleased by meeting their favorite player and getting an autographed jersey, so they won’t sue. Yea, figure the cost of a baseball vs the cost of putting up netting and possibly losing revenue due to people complaining about obstructed sight lines. Even a woman can do that math. 😉 I kid. I kid.

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