The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have become the first team in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole, starting Monday night against the Miami Marlins.
The extra netting at Guaranteed Rate Field was in place for Chicago’s first home game since the All-Star break. The White Sox announced the safety measure last month, a week after a foul ball at the park sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding.
In Cleveland, a foul hurt another fan on Sunday. Indians star Francisco Lindor said he was told his line drive put a 3-year-old boy in the hospital.
“It’s a great idea,” White Sox pitcher Evan Marshall said. “It’s a shame it wasn’t done sooner and just almost a standard across baseball, I think. Finally the players are speaking out because everybody is tired of seeing people get hit.
“It just sucks the air right out of the game and we see it happen. It’s hard to move on to the next pitch or do whatever because somebody’s going to the emergency room,” he said.
Several fans, including a 2-year-old Houston girl, have been injured by hard-hit fouls this year. Many players and fans have implored Major League Baseball to require pole-to-pole netting covering foul area at every ballpark.
Meanwhile in the game, Ivan Nova (5-9) kept up his mastery of the Marlins, pitching a four-hitter that led the White Sox over Miami 9-1.