first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked for his opinion of expanded netting following Sunday’s game.“Talks like that need to intensify and for me, as we talk about getting ahead of things, I don’t see anything wrong with that idea,” Roberts said.Kasten said there are details that have to be worked out but assured they would be.“There are challenges,” he said. “But the challenges are trivial to the importance of what we’re doing.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The Dodgers will be extending the netting at Dodger Stadium to protect fans from foul balls like the one that hit a young fan in the head during Sunday’s game.Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten said discussions have been ongoing since last year when the netting was extended to the far ends of the dugouts and plans will be announced “in the next couple weeks” to extend the netting even farther.“We have been talking for some time with different providers and looking at different options,” Kasten said Monday. “Surely we will be expanding netting. I don’t know yet the final configuration. Obviously, there are some different choices to be made and different products which each come with their own set of challenges.”Kasten said the timing of the installation of additional netting has not been determined yet but it seems “likely” the Dodgers will be able to do the project before the end of this season.center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I can’t say that for sure, although I think it’s likely,” Kasten said. “For sure, something is going to be done. As for the exact timing, I don’t know that yet.”There have been a series of incidents like Sunday’s at Dodger Stadium in which fans were injured by batted balls, prompting renewed calls for expanded netting. The Chicago White Sox have announced that they will extend the netting out to each foul pole. The Washington Nationals announced last week that they will make a similar change at Nationals Park.“I think it was expected in baseball because all of us have been talking about doing more. All of the teams have. It wasn’t a surprise at all,” Kasten said of those announcements. “One of the things that has changed and has been helpful is that the modern-day fan has more of an expectation of seeing netting than they ever have before. And that’s useful to know because customer opinions are very important.”Modern stadiums have made it a selling point to put seats as close to the action as possible. Even 57-year-old Dodger Stadium has undergone renovations that put more seats closer to the action. But fan injuries have prompted players to call for better protection.Related Articles “I would assume that would be a smart decision, just to protect those people in the front row that don’t have reaction time,” Cody Bellinger said of expanded netting after his foul ball injured a young fan Sunday, leaving him visibly upset. “I mean, I’m over at first base and I’ve got to be ready, and they’re 10 feet over from me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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