After Todd Frazier crushed a foul ball that struck a small child in the stands at Yankee Stadium, people called for additional safety measures to protect fans. Some argued that more netting was not the answer, but the Yankees have announced that for the 2018 season, more netting will go up both at Yankee Stadium in New York and George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

As previously announced, the Yankees consulted (and are continuing to consult) with architects, engineers, netting manufacturers and Major League Baseball to analyze and determine the best and most appropriate type of netting material, color and installation methods. We have also considered comments from our great fans. While the current protective netting meets the recommended guidelines established by Major League Baseball, the additional protective netting we are planning to install for the 2018 season will exceed the current guidelines established by the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Baby Varacchi isn't quite a year old. I'm not sure when I'll bring her to her first Yankee game, but I'll be damn sure to either sit behind home plate so the netting is there, or just go for an upper deck spot where the risk of injury is minimal. I've sat in seats near the dugout on both the first and third base sides, and the ball can come screaming at you even when you are paying attention.

Do I think we need netting surrounding the entire field of play? No, but it's not that hard to plot out a spray chart of where foul balls tend to land. If they can do it for home runs, they can do it for fouls. Whether the nets need to expand to the home-plate edge of the dugout, or to the outfield-edge, or even beyond, I'm fine with.

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