Thunder to extend protective netting at Arm & Hammer Park

Arm & Hammer Park is getting a much-needed upgrade for the 2018 season.

The Thunder announced on Wednesday that the protective netting behind the backstop will be extended to increase fan safety.

The backstop net will extend in a triangle shape to the end of the dugout on both sides of the ballpark.

Fan safety became talking point this season when a young girl was seriously injured at Yankee Stadium on a foul ball hit by Todd Frazier.

The protective screen at Arm & Hammer Park did not reach the front of the dugout last season.

“Following the recommendations of Major League Baseball, we explored many options for how we could comply,” Thunder General Manager Jeff Hurley said. “Fan safety is a top priority for us and we found this netting from C & H Baseball was the perfect balance of safety without affecting sightlines for our fans.”

The Thunder are set to begin their 25th season in Trenton and are hosting the 2018 Eastern League All-Star Game.