Athletics ex­tend pro­tec­tive net­ting to far ends of dugouts

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OAK­LAND (AP) — The Oak­land Athletics will ex­pand pro­tec­tive net­ting be­tween the stands and the play­ing field to the far ends of both dugouts ahead of the 2018 sea­son.

The net­ting will be a sim­i­lar green color as the grass on the field to re­duce the vis­ual dis­trac­tion to fans in at­ten­dance and those watch­ing on tele­vi­sion, the team said Tues­day. The A’s will also ex­pand the net­ting at the team’s spring train­ing ball­park in Mesa, Ari­zona.

Team Pres­i­dent Dave Kaval said the ex­tra safety mea­sures are con­sis­tent with rec­om­men­da­tions from Ma­jor League Base­ball.

Bos­ton, Cincin­nati, Cleve­land, Colorado, Detroit, the New York Yan­kees, Mil­wau­kee, Min­nesota, San Diego, Seat­tle and Toronto are among teams to an­nounce ex­panded net­ting this year.

By the end of last sea­son, At­lanta, Hous­ton, Kansas City, Min­nesota, the New York Mets, Philadel­phia, Pitts­burgh, St. Louis, Texas and Wash­ing­ton had net­ting that reached the far ends of the dugouts.

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