Yankees 11, Twins 3: Line Drive Strikes Young Girl in the Face at Yankee Stadium

Under the prodding of Commissioner Rob Manfred in 2015, all 30 teams agreed to extend the traditional protective netting behind home plate to at least the inner edge of both dugouts. About a third of the teams have extended the netting further, to at least the far end of the dugout, and the Mets added netting even beyond that.

However, the Yankees have yet to expand their nets, although they did issue a statement in August that said they were “seriously exploring” that option.


The Yankees’ Todd Frazier reacting after the girl was hit by a foul ball off his bat in the fifth inning on Wednesday.

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If Yankee Stadium had netting in place that did stretch to the far end of the third-base dugout, Frazier’s line drive, in all likelihood, would not have reached the stands. As a result, Wednesday’s incident will almost certainly increase pressure on the Yankees to act quickly to make their netting longer.

New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal, who introduced legislation in May to require all New York City baseball stadiums to have protective…

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