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To screen or not to screen? Debate on added netting at MLB parks continues as lawsuit filed

To screen or not to screen? Debate on added netting at MLB parks continues as lawsuit filed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An Oakland Athletics fan filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball recently, alleging that baseball doesn't do enough to protect fans in the stands from flying bats and balls. The lawsuit's plaintiffs, including A's season ticket-holder Gail Payne, aren't seeking money. Rather, Payne and others who filed the class-action suit in San Francisco want MLB to mandate the extension of protective screening down the baselines, so that it eventually reaches from foul pole to foul pole. "She fears for her and her husband's safety and particularly for her daughter," the lawsuit says. "She is constantly ducking and weaving to avoid...

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