WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals will extend their protective netting at their ball park, a few weeks after a 4-year-old girl was hit by a foul at a Cubs and Astros game in Houston.
The netting extension will go almost all the way to the right and left field foul poles. The team plans to install the new netting during the All-Star break in July.
If you remember, the Nats were one of the first teams to extend their netting back in 2016, two years before Major League Baseball wanted all 30 teams to extend their netting.
Nationals owner Mark Lerner said in a letter they plan to use Ultra Cross Knotless Dyneema protective netting, which offers a higher degree of transparency than the traditional knotted netting. The netting will be designed so that certain sections over each dugout can be raised pregame to foster fan interactions with players.
"Over the past few weeks, we have seen several fans injured by bats and balls leaving the field of play at other stadiums," Lerner said in a letter. "I could not help but become emotional last month watching the Astros-Cubs game when a four-year-old little girl was hit by a line drive. I can’t imagine what her parents must have felt in that moment."
Lerner said extending the netting will provide additional protection for Nats fans.