Twins Extend Safety Netting

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- The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday they plan to extend the protective netting at Target Field to protect fans with seats close to the action.

At Progressive Field, the netting will be extended from behind home plate to the ends of both dugouts. Also, the canopy nets will be stretched slightly farther down the third-base line.

The Twins will raise the height of their existing netting by two feet and extend the nets behind home plate to the ends of the dugout seating section along both foul lines.

"Since opening in 2010, Target Field has earned a reputation as one of the most intimate venues in all of sports, with lower level seats located closer to home plate than any other Major League Baseball venue", Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said.

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The Indians have started the process of alerting season-ticket holders whose seats are affected by the expansion.

But few teams were quick to adopt that suggestion, reasonable and necessary as it was-when the young girl was struck at Yankee Stadium this year, just 11 of 30 teams had netting that met such guidelines.

Many teams, including the Twins and Red Sox, already extended their netting prior to the 2016 season based on a recommendation from the commissioner's office that all fans within 70 feet of home plate be protected.

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