Ten MLB teams already had taken the initiative prior to that incident, and four others (Reds, Rockies, Padres and Mariners) announced plans to expand their protective netting in the wake of that event.
"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", said Twins President and CEO Dave St. Peter. The netting will cover the entire Dugout Box seating area-Sections 1-17.
At Target Field, the height of the existing netting will be raised above the dugout from seven feet to nine feet.
Other teams have also moved to prevent fans from being killed or maimed after a young girl was badly injured in Yankee Stadium in NY late this past season after a hard-hit foul ball struck her in the face. The Indians said they plan to use the latest technology in order to, "minimize the intrusion on the live game experience".
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Jim Folk, the team's vice president of ballpark operations, says the changes balance the interactivity of the game with the top priority of safety. The Twins described their netting as having thin strands, a knotless intersection and a combination of green hues to allow for better blending with the grass.
The team is contacting season ticket holders who might be affected.
Safety netting at Progressive Field was extended for the 2016 season to cross the full length of each dugout.