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Dodgers Announce Extension of Stadium Netting

The Dodgers will make a much-needed adjustment to Chavez Ravine.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Cody Bellinger #35 and manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers look toward first base, after a foul ball off the bat of Bellinger struck an injured a fan, during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

According to Dodgers’ president Stan Kasten, the organization plans to extend netting at Dodger Stadium.

The team issued a statement on the subject:

“Fan safety is of the utmost importance to the Dodgers and during the offseason, we began the process of studying how the netting at Dodger Stadium could be configured to provide better protection for our fans. Once this study is completed, the team will implement the recommended changes and extend the netting at Dodger Stadium.

The team will provide more information on the project timeline and scope when available.”

This announcement is long overdue and has become more of a prominent issue within the last few weeks and after the Dodgers dealt with a situation themselves.

On Sunday, Cody Bellinger hit a screaming line drive into the seats along the baseline and struck a fan in the face. Thankfully, she was fine, but there poses a risk of someone being seriously injured with an absence of extended netting.

From Bill Plunkett’s article, Kasten said the organization has had ongoing discussions since last year when the netting was extended to the far ends of the dugouts.

“I can’t say that for sure, although I think it’s likely,” Kasten said. “For sure, something is going to be done. As for the exact timing, I don’t know that yet.”

This problem has long needed to be solved and it is nice to hear that the Dodgers’ organization is taking it seriously and making the necessary precautions to make sure an event like Sunday never occurs again at Chavez Ravine.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Tell me again why we need a study? Memo to Dodger Management, “Just do it”. I’m sure the cost of the netting is nothing to a terrible injury to our fans!

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