Extended netting made a difference at Nationals Park

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Braves first baseman Kelly Johnson lined out to end the top of the sixth inning during Thursday’s game against the Nationals at Nationals Park. He broke his bat after making contact, and a sawed off part of his bat rocketed towards the crowd behind the Nationals’ dugout.

But… there was netting. Nobody got hurt, unlike a fan at Fenway Park last year who was hit by a broken bat shard and suffered serious injuries.

During the offseason, Major League Baseball issued netting recommendations, which suggested stadiums extend netting to the ends of both dugouts. Good thinking.