The Twins recently announced plans to expand the protective netting around Target Field in response to MLB’s recommendations for each ballpark to do so. MLB made these recommendations primarily because there were multiple incidents last season of fans getting seriously injured by foul balls, emphasizing the importance of fan safety. Target Field, which already had protective netting behind home plate, will have further netting “to protect seats between the dugouts and within 70 feet of home plate.” In addition, netting above the dugouts. This netting “will extend seven feet high and will run the length of the dugout in seating sections 3 through 6 and 11 through 14.” All netting will be up for the start of the 2016 season.
The issue of adding protective netting around MLB ballparks has been controversial, primarily because some believe it will interfere with fans’ viewing experiences. This seems like a silly argument to me. Fan safety is a very serious issue and is more important than possibly interfering with viewing experiences. I don’t believe the new netting will hinder fans’ views of the game. For example, hockey has protective netting all around the rink and it doesn’t seem to bother the fans, as tons of people go to hockey games.There is already protective netting above MLB backstops, and fans often want to sit in seats directly behind home plate. If the netting obstructed their views, why would they want to sit there?
MLB’s recommendations to add protective netting seem obvious to me, especially because of incidents of fans getting hurt by bats or balls. Even if they do slightly hinder
fans’ views, this will be good for the game. Read here about Target Field’s new protective netting. Please participate in the poll below asking whether you agree with these recommendations!
Written by: Sam Graves