Major League Baseball Owners to Meet Regarding Fan Safety at Ballpark

Commissioner Rob Manfred not prepared at this time to discuss what changes, if any, will be implemented.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the day the World Series is set to get underway, Major League Baseball has announced its plans for a “detailed” owners’ meeting to discuss fan safety.

The announcement comes during a season filled with several incidents where fans were injured as a result of foul balls or bats entering the stands. The meeting will be in Dallas on Nov. 18-19.

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MLB is considering expanding the protective netting already used behind home plate, as detailed in a report by The Associated Press.

“We are prepared to have a very detailed presentation and conversation with the owners at the November meeting,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday.

“I’m not prepared prior to that meeting to make a pronouncement as to what the new rule is going to be, if any,” Manfred added. “I think it’s important that we have input and a full discussion among the clubs before we do that.”

Among the accidents at the ballpark this year was a June incident when a broken bat at Boston’s Fenway Park flew into the stands and hit a fan in the head, leaving the woman in serious condition. The woman survived her injuries.

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