Netting Failure: White Sox, Tigers, Astros, Red Sox & Other Teams Have Epic Netting Issues, Face Legal Paradox

Unless you’re deaf or can’t read, we keep being told that this new extended netting is safe. That it will protect fans and not at all interfere with game enjoyment. That it will …yada yada yada. The fact is, MLB netting issues.

The major problem with netting is it gives fans a false sense of security. This opens pounded a foul ball that went THROUGH the net and STILL had the power to break the back of a seat at Fenway.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX NETTING FAIL #1

The first instance is a

Thankfully, no fans were injured. But that doesn’t mean the next fan won’t be. If it happened once, it WILL happen again. And when it does, Manfred just signed the death warrant for Major League Baseball and the American Pastime. Baseball will be gone.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX NETTING FAIL #2

In another instance, again at a White Sox game, I discovered a gem about a batboy threading the ball through the netting to hand to some fans the ball. The batboy actually gave it to them.

As the tweeter reports, there is an opening at the south end of the visitors dugout, one large enough for balls to slip right through…this is safe how?!?

DETROIT TIGERS NETTING FAIL

In Detroit,

Think about that for a minute…or a second. Had there been NO netting, the father here would have been able to react. He would have seen the ball heading toward his son, and had time to fully react to protect him. However, as I’ve stated MANY times in carious places, the netting offered a false sense of safety, so the father and son were shocked into not being able to react as the ball flew over the nets and grazed this young man’s head.

A ricochet is not something any one can defend against. But they are happening now. I can’t recall a single ricochet off the net guidelines until we got nets all the way down the lines. Again, they’re dangerous!

HOUSTON ASTROS NETTING FAIL

Then there was the Houston Astros fail. This one was off a ricochet…here’s the craziest part though: The fan hit was sitting in the Slaughter Pen! The area that has been covered by netting for over decades.

But it’s not just MLB, Minor League fans are showing how nets fail too. 

THIS happened at an MiLB game:

 “I will never make fun of a person for flinching on a ball in to the screen again. On a related note, I need to change pants.”

“To clarify, a foul ball came through the screen and hit a couple seats to my right. Had to still be going 90mph or so. If you sit in seats behind the plate, keep your head up.”

And this one:

April 21, 2018

Here’s hoping a foul ball doesn’t hit this spot in the net. #mudcatsfun – at Five County Stadium

CONCLUSION
The proof is clear. The nets are NOT doing that we were told they would do. Fans are in MORE danger now than without them.

And mark my words, the day isn’t far from now when another netting fail leads to a serious injury and Major League Baseball loses the lawsuit for millions and millions of dollars, virtually bankrupting the league.

Manfred and League can claim they’ve done things to make the park safer, but what they did do, instead, is make it more dangerous. Fans can no longer adjust to foul balls because of ricochets. Without a doubt, this will put netting companies out of business. They sell clearly defective products under the guise of increased safety. The ball at the Red Sox game proves they aren’t. And MLB will lose lawsuits now due to these failures too. 

Sometimes “improvements” actually make things worse.