Juan Pierre in Baltimore would be the bestest thing ever

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The Orioles lost Nick Markakis for the year, and that leaves a hole in the outfield. Danny Knobler has a suggestion:

With Nick Markakis out with a broken thumb, Juan Pierre could help the Orioles. Markakis was their leadoff hitter. Pierre, who has 34 steals and a .346 on-base percentage for the Phillies, would give manager Buck Showalter another option to replace him.

Knobler says there is interest on the part of the Orioles, but the Phillies may be loathe to deal.

I have an interest in this.  Not because I care about the O’s so much, but I want to see something beautiful happen: the Orioles winning the World Series with a lineup that includes Juan Pierre, Lew Ford and Nate McLouth.  It would probably end sabermetrics as we know it.

UPDATE: OK, yeah, you’re right. He wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason since he’d be acquired after September 1. Still: making the playoffs on Pierre power, and having Ford and McLouth take them the rest of the way would still be pretty bitchin’.

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.