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Protective netting being extended at some MLB ballparks, but still no word on Camden Yards

Protective netting being extended at some MLB ballparks, but still no word on Camden Yards

Change doesn’t often occur quickly in baseball, and that’s because it’s a game steeped in its tradition, sometimes to a fault. Though the topic of possibly expanding safety netting at major league ballparks to protect fans from foul balls and bats has several times moved to the forefront — as it did after a 5-year-old girl was hit by a 105-mph foul ball Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium — the discussion has not resulted in creating standards across all ballparks for fan safety.

Some have seen the ultimate damage a foul ball can do firsthand, such as Orioles relief pitcher Darren O’Day, who was with Double-A Arkansas when he witnessed the on-field death of Mike Coolbaugh, a former...

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