Over at Cut4 at MLB.com Gemma Kaneko and Michael Clair have come up with a fantastic way to get through a super slow news day. It’s a quiz. A visual quiz in which they have taken video of a pitcher pitching but blacked-out the pitcher into a silhouette. It’s up to you to guess the pitcher.
It’s not terribly hard. One of them is given away by the silhouette of his hair. You can narrow down the possible choices on a couple by looking at the ballpark and the catcher’s uniform. At least two of them have deliveries that are so distinct that if you DON’T get it, I’m gonna ban you from this site. A couple skew slightly older school, though, and even if you get them all correct it’s a fun exercise.
Good time waster, Michael and Gemma. Kudos.
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.