Nets Protecting Fans Attending Baseball Games
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Too many people are unnecessarily injured at baseball games by foul balls, broken bats, and slipped bats. Some MLB teams have extended the protective netting to the outfield side of their dugouts (Nationals, Mets). Other teams have refused to extend the nets (Orioles, Yankees).
It is inexcusable to not have extended the nets. The fans in the seats closest to the field are likely less knowledgeable fans of baseball (or they would have chosen better seats rather than closer seats), many of whom were given corporate tickets, and likely do not know how dangerous it is to sit in seats close to the filed. They likely do not know that balls travelling more than 100 miles per hour regularly travel through the area they are sitting. In short, they just do not know the risk they are taking sitting there.
Kids, likely due to baseball-danger-ignorant parents, regularly sit in these dangerous seats.
There is no excuse for not protecting those fans. The tickets will not lose any value by adding a net. The game experience is not affected.
Sign this petition to tell MLB, MiLB, NCAA, team owners, and local governments that it is time to extend the nets, protect fans, and make baseball a safer sporting event to attend.
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