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Protective netting to be extended at Yankee Stadium this offseason

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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.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.