The Jackson County (Missouri) Legislature passed a resolution on January 19 urging the Kansas City Royals to extend safety netting to the far ends of the dugouts. While this nine-member elected body has no administrative control over Kaufman Stadium and therefore cannot require extended netting, this action is significant nonetheless in putting pressure on the Royals to improve fan safety. The Royals, in response, stated that the team is conducting a “feasibility study” to determine if extended netting is warranted. Interestingly, newly-appointed County Executive Frank White, an All-Star second baseman with the Royals for 18 seasons, was instrumental in securing passage of this resolution. The Jackson County Legislature is to be congratulated for being the first representative body in a major league city to recognize the importance of fan safety.
Posted by: Bob Gorman | February 4, 2016