Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?
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Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

#KeepTheNetting
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The MLB is back, and expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball last season, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the net will obstruct views and puts a barrier between them and the players on the field, cheapening the game experience. What do you think? ⚾ 🏟

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#KeepTheNetting
61.5%
#HeadsUpBaseball
38.5%

Why MLB didn't expand the protective netting around the baseball field sooner is beyond logic. These are 100-mph projectiles hurling abated into the stands. Even the most athletic human beings can't protect themselves from that—even when they are paying attention.

Around 1,750 people get injured from foul balls per year, according to a 2014 Bloomberg report. Is it going to take someone getting killed before the mind-numbingly basic precaution is taken seriously? MLB needs to keep the expanded protective netting.

Some fans are crying they can't see well with a net in front of them. Oh, sorry; didn't know you wanted to subject yourself to a crushed skull, missing teeth or getting pierced by a broken bat.

There's no enjoying a game when there is a risk you can die from a meaningless play. Fans need to adjust to having a mesh netting that seems to be fine for people sitting in the "best seats in the house" behind home plate. No more excuses. Keep the damn net up.

When you go to a ballgame, there are warnings on tickets and in the stadiums, telling you there are dangerous projectiles flying all over you, so pay attention. If you don't want to take the risk, don't go to the game. And if you are at the game, keep your head on a swivel. Injuries happen when people are so enamored with their phones they aren't tracking the action.

Putting up netting would make it difficult to watch the game people paid good money to see. Being able to take home game-used balls would also dramatically decrease. The joy of catching a foul ball is part of the in-game experience. MLB shouldn't make expanded netting a requirement.

The fan-player interaction is an important part of sports, and baseball loses that with the expanded safety netting. Kids are able to get pictures and autographs with their favorite players when they're on the lower levels. That ends with expanded netting. Exciting highlights, where players lean or dive into the crowd in foul territory, are no longer possible. This takes away a key element from baseball. The expanded safety netting should be taken down.

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