Brewers to extend protective netting at Miller Park

Milwaukee Brewers baseball fans celebrate the start of their home-opener game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park in Milwaukee, on Friday, April 10, 2009, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
AP Photo/Jim Prisching

The Milwaukee Brewers formally announced on Friday that the club has plans to “significantly” extend the protective around Miller Park. The renovations to the stadium will be completed in time for the Brewers’ 2018 regular-season home-opener, which will be played on April 2 against the Atlanta Braves.

“The Brewers are currently working with engineers and vendors on specifics related to the project. The extension of the netting will now run to the outer edge of the dugout,” the team said in the statement.

The move to extend — or implement — extra netting and improve Miller Park’s overall safety comes in the wake of a scary moment at Yankee Stadium from mid-September. New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier hit a foul ball down the third base line, which connected with a young fan and ultimately caused a trip to the hospital. In the aftermath of the incident, the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners all came forth with plans to expand the protective netting around their respective stadiums, with the Colorado Rockies following suit with plans of their own shortly afterward.

As for Milwaukee specifically, Miller Park originally began extending its netting in 2015 to meet the standards originally set by the Major League Baseball. In doing so, its netting was expanded to the inside edge of each dugout.

Despite missing out on a trip to the postseason, Milwaukee’s 2017 campaign was a positive one. The club notably finished 10 games over the .500 mark at 86-76 and produced a better record than both the rival Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.

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