White Sox To Extend Protective Netting To Foul Poles

The work will be done later in the summer.

June 18, 2019 - 4:10 pm

(670 The Score) The White Sox will extend protective netting down all the way to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

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The development comes amid renewed calls for MLB teams to do more to protect fans in a season in which several have been injured by foul balls. That includes a lady who was recently hospitalized when she was struck by a foul-ball liner off the bat of White Sox rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The work will be done "later in the summer" at an unspecified time, the Tribune reported.

Many players across MLB had supported the idea of extending the protective netting.

"It just keeps people safe," White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito said. "I hate seeing young kids get hit, having to go to the hospital. It just leave a sick feeling in all of our stomachs."

Like all MLB teams, the White Sox's current protective netting extends to the end of their dugouts. Also Tuesday, the Rangers announced that they'll extend their protective netting deep into the outfield, though not all the way to the foul poles.