The Toronto Blue Jays will be extending the protective netting at the Rogers Centre and Dunedin Stadium for the 2020 season, the team announced in a statement Monday.
We will extend the protective netting at Rogers Centre for the start of the 2020 season. While the exact configuration is TBD, the netting will extend farther down the baselines. pic.twitter.com/92IJmithp1— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 6, 2019
The Blue Jays added increased netting behind home plate, and extended the protection to the outfield portion of each dugout prior to the 2018 season, due to concerns emanating from young fans being struck by errant baseballs.
"Fan safety is paramount to the Blue Jays and we believe that fans should feel protected and secure during our games," Andrew Miller, Blue Jays executive vice president of business operations, said in a statement.
"Extending the protective netting at Rogers Centre and Dunedin Stadium is a clear next step for our organization and one that reflects our team’s values. As fans and followers of the game, it is vitally important for us to preserve and enhance the live baseball experience, while also ensuring everyone who visits our ballparks can do so safely."
The Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals have full protective netting that extends completely through the foul line.
Fan safety has been an increasingly important priority and it’s good to see that the Blue Jays are among the most compliant MLB teams in this regard.
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