The Yankees finally announced on Sunday that the team will “significantly expand” protective netting at Yankee Stadium this offseason. The team notes the additional protective netting “will exceed the current guidelines established by the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.”
Nearly two weeks ago, a young fan was struck by a foul ball and injured at Yankee Stadium, which reinvigorated calls for more protective netting. Many teams took the initiative and announced plans to extend netting at their own stadiums, but the Yankees took their time. According to the announcement, the Yankees consulted with architects, engineers, netting manufacturers, and MLB reps to determine the best and most appropriate type of netting material, color, and installation methods.