Oakland wants to use federal funds to help the A's

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Missed this the other day, but the excellent Field of Schemes blog reports that Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has suggested using federal stimulus funds to help build a ballpark for the A’s:

The City of Oakland would not spend any public money on constructing a
new ballpark in Jack London Square for the Oakland A’s, but would
assemble land and provide infrastructure and parking for the stadium,
Mayor Ron Dellums said at a City Hall press conference this afternoon.
Dellums and city staffers said the city would use redevelopment funds
to acquire property, and not the city’s debt-ridden general fund, and
hoped to obtain more federal stimulus money for infrastructure if the
project goes forward.

I agree with FoS’s view of this: great, in that putting people to work is what stimulus funds are designed to do, but man, you’d hope that such funds would be used for something a little more public, as opposed to building a playground for Lew Wolff and his real estate developer friends.

Probably no need to worry, though. I can’t see Oakland happening for the A’s. It’s going to be San Jose or bust.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.