Protective netting at Nationals Park played the hero once again

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Two weeks ago, the protective netting at Nationals Park made a difference when part of Kelly Johnson‘s broken bat rocketed towards the crowd. The netting, though, got in the way and protected fans from potential harm.

The netting at Nationals Park played the hero once again on Wednesday night. Cesar Hernandez broke his bat swinging at a Gio Gonzalez fastball. A majority of the bat went flying towards the fans on the third base side, but it got stuck in the netting. One can clearly see just how dangerous it could have been, as one end appeared rather sharp.

Here’s the link to the video on MLB.com. Some fans, including Stephen King, have been outspoken opponents of the enhanced safety, but it’s made a difference thus far and the players seem to like it.

Major League Baseball issued netting recommendations to all 30 teams during the offseason.