LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers joined the chorus, like every team throughout Major League Baseball, in expanding its protective netting for the 2018 season.
The netting at Dodger Stadium will extend to the ends of both dugouts, and will be in place by the Freeway Series, with games against the Angels in Los Angeles on March 26-27.
In addition, the netting has also been extended at Camelback Ranch, spring training home for both the Dodgers and White Sox. That netting, which was installed on Tuesday, adds 104 feet of protection, to the ends of both dugouts.
The Dodgers open their Cactus League schedule on Friday against the White Sox (12 p.m. PT, SportsNet LA) at Camelback Ranch.
The issue of fan safety at major league ballparks became heightened last Sept. 20, when a toddler was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium, one traveling a reported 105 mph off the bat.
Outcry in and around baseball was quick, with commissioner Rob Manfred vowing to “redouble” his efforts to increase fan safety in major league stadiums for the 2018 season. Every major league team has either installed netting to the outer ends of the dugouts or announced plans to do so.
“Providing baseball fans with a variety of seating options when they come to the ballpark, including seats behind protective netting, is important,” Manfred said. “Major league clubs are constantly evaluating the coverage and design of their ballpark netting and I am pleased that they are providing fans an increased inventory of protected seats.”