Brewers are the latest team to announce extended netting

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The incident in which a toddler who was hit by the baseball in Yankee Stadium late in the season seems to have been the watershed moment with respect to protective netting. Since then, multiple clubs which had, to that point, declined to extend netting per Major League Baseball’s recommendations, have chosen to do so. The latest: the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers announced today that they plan to extend the protective netting on the field level at Miller Park. It will now run to the outer edge of each dugout. Major League Baseball’s current requirement is that it extend to the inside of the dugout, with recommendations to go farther.

The Brewers join the Yankees, Padres, Mariners and Reds among clubs which have announced an extension of netting since the Yankee Stadium incident.


Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.