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Jerry Remy has a relapse of lung cancer

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Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, had surgery to remove part of his lung. His recovery was a long one, but he made a recovery all the same and continues to be an institution in the Red Sox booth. He recently signed a contract extension with NESN.

Sad news now, as NESN announced this morning that Remy’s cancer has returned. He will speak about it later this afternoon. There’s no sense yet of how much time he’ll miss.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Remy and Sox fans everywhere for whom he provides a key part of the soundtrack for each summer.

 

 

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.