Posted by: Bob Gorman | April 5, 2017

Will New York City Council Require Yankees and Mets to Extend Netting?

According to an April 3, 2017, New York Times article, Rafael Espinal, a member of the New York City Council, is considering proposing legislation that would require the Yankees and Mets to extend their existing protective netting 90 feet from home plate (MLB currently recommends that netting extend 70 feet from home plate).   Such a move would protect fans seated behind the dugouts at both stadiums.  “I’m baffled by why this is such a big issue,” he is quoted as saying.  “You have the money to put up the netting.  You would avoid the headaches of having to deal with injured fans.  Your players would feel less guilty when they go up to bat.”  Should this legislation be introduced and passed, it would be a significant step toward improving fan safety.  It also might encourage governmental bodies in other MLB cities to take similar action to protect their citizens from needless injury.

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