] The Chicago White Sox will extend the protection net to both creepy Poles this summer, the team announced on Tuesday to commit to additional security measures one week after a woman at the Guaranteed Rate Field was hit in the head by a bullet and hospitalized. 1
A source of knowledge about installing netting believes that other teams could retrofit their stadiums by the end of the 2019 season.
Players have been unbelievable about increasing security measures after more bullets in recent weeks.
After an error ball b y Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. wounded a young girl in Houston, Chicago star Kris Bryant told ESPN that each team should extend the netting to the foul poles. "I think all the security measures we can take to make sure the fans are safe, we must do it," he said.
Almora greeted the white sox's movement on Tuesday.
"It's clearly a positive step in this sport," he said. "I don't think anyone should go home with bumps or bruises or worse. So whatever they need to do to take care of it is I'm glad they take procedures.
While the impulse for the White Sox wasn't necessarily the 10th June event, when an Eloy Jimenez screaming line drive entered the stands and hit a woman , it accelerated their plans to extend netting to guaranteed batches. The woman was released from Mercy Hospital and Medical Center last week.
Major League Baseball has left the increased netting decision up to team.
Before the 2018 season, each Stick to expanding the web to the end of both dugouts after a slate of heavily published foul-ball injuries. Commissioner Rob Manfred recently told him he expected the extended netting conversation to "begin and continue in the offseason." Protect lsesnet was not expected to be a priority topic of discussion at the owners' meetings starting Wednesday, according to sources. However, the white sox's decision may change it.