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Baseball debates adding netting for fan safety or sticking to status quo

Baseball debates adding netting for fan safety or sticking to status quo

When a fan made a one-handed catch of a foul ball while bottle-feeding his infant son during a Cubs game in late June, the video went viral and he gained international attention. Unusual catches of foul balls or home runs are a staple of sports highlights shows, and sometimes the battle in the stands for baseballs is more interesting than the game itself. But recent injuries caused by flying bats and balls leaves Major League Baseball with a complex issue that could alter the ballpark experience dramatically. Should there be minimum requirements on how much safety netting is used at major-league ballparks, or should fans sitting in those seats take the same risks millions of others...

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