White Sox are First Team to go This Far in Protecting Fans from Foul Balls

June 19, 2019 - 10:02 am

(670 The Score) The Chicago White Sox will become the first MLB team to extend protective netting down all the way to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

The development comes amid renewed calls for MLB teams to do more to protect fans in a season in which several have been injured by foul balls. That includes a lady who was hospitalized earlier this month when she was struck by a foul-ball line drive off the bat of White Sox rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez at Guaranteed Rate Field and a young girl who was hospitalized in Houston at Minute Maid Park in May after being struck by a line drive from Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr.

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer was among those who advocated for expanded protective netting following the incident in Houston. 

The work will be done "later in the summer" at an unspecified time, the Tribune reported.

Like all MLB teams, the White Sox's current protective netting extends to the end of their dugouts. Also Tuesday, the Rangers announced that they'll extend their protective netting deep into the outfield, though not all the way to the foul poles.