Sea­son ticket-holder seeks safety net­ting for ma­jor league ball­parks

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JIMMY GOLEN

An Oak­land Ath­let­ics sea­son ticket-holder asked a fed­eral court Mon­day to pro­tect fans from fly­ing bats and balls by or­der­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball to ex­tend the safety net­ting at its ball­parks the en­tire length of the foul lines.

The law­suit filed in the North­ern Dis­trict of Cal­i­for­nia seeks class ac­tion sta­tus on be­half of all fans buy­ing sea­son tick­ets in un­pro­tected ar­eas of ma­jor league parks.

It is not ask­ing for money; in­stead, it wants Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred to ex­tend the screens that typ­i­cally cover only a few sec­tions be­hind the plate so that they run from foul pole to foul pole.

The base­ball law­suit was filed on be­half of Gail Payne, who has been at­tend­ing A’s games since 1968 and pur­chased tick­ets this year for sec­tion 211 at the Oak­land Coli­seum.

It claims that three or four foul balls each game en­ter her sec­tion, which is along the first­base line be­yond the safety net­ting.

AP PHOTO

In this file photo, Kansas City Roy­als first base­man Eric Hos­mer watches bat­ting prac­tice be­hind safety net­ting be­fore a base­ball game against the Mi­ami Mar­lins at Kauffman Sta­dium in Kansas City, Mo.

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