BALTIMORE—Joining other Major League Baseball teams, the Orioles are extending netting at Oriole Park at Camden Yards before the next homestand.
The team announced on Thursday that crews are extending protective netting at the same height of the existing backstop netting down each foul line to near each foul pole.
The Orioles originally extended netting to the end of each dugout before the 2018 season.
After a young fan was injured by a foul ball on May 29 during a Chicago Cubs-Houston Astros game at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, a push began to extend netting at MLB parks.
The Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals were the first to announce plans for the extension of netting.
In a statement, the team said: “The Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority, in conjunction with Populous and other experts in the field, researched all available options and performed due diligence to determine that this is the best and safest option for Oriole Park. The extended and raised protective netting will be in place prior to the club’s next home game on September 5 against the Texas Rangers.”
The Orioles said they would add the extended netting in time for the beginning of spring training games next February at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium.
“The safety and security of our fans is of the utmost importance to the Orioles as we continue cultivating a fun, fan-friendly, and affordable experience for everyone to safely enjoy Orioles Baseball,” the team said in the statement.
NOTES: The Orioles optioned right-handed pitcher Tayler Scott to Triple-A Norfolk. He was added on Sunday to replace John Means, who was placed on the family medical emerigency list. Means is expected to pitch on either Friday or Saturday in Kansas City. … Bowie manager Buck Britton has been named the Eastern League’s Manager of the Year.