Nationals to extend protective netting

Ben Krimmel
June 20, 2019 - 2:06 pm
Nationals to extend protective netting at Nats Park

Courtesy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club

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The Washington Nationals will soon extend protective netting to cover seats down the first and third base lines just short of the foul pole, the team announced Thursday. 

In a letter to fans, managing principal owner Mark Lerner said the team will extend the netting after a spate of recent fan injuries.

"Over the past few weeks, we have seen several fans injured by bats and balls leaving the field of play at other stadiums," Lerner wrote. "I could not help but become emotional last month watching the Astros-Cubs game when a four-year-old little girl was hit by a line drive. I can’t imagine what her parents must have felt in that moment. And to see the raw emotion and concern from Albert Almora Jr. was heartbreaking.

"Further extending the netting at Nationals Park will provide additional protection for our fans."

The Nationals will extend the netting during the All-Star break and their first game with the expanded netting will be July 22.

"Knotless netting offers a higher degree of transparency than the traditional knotted netting," Lerner wrote. "The netting will be designed so that certain sections over each dugout can be raised pregame to foster fan interactions with players."

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