Proposal Would Make Extending Netting at Ohio Baseball Stadiums Mandatory


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--An Ohio lawmaker is putting forth a proposal to require all major and minor-league baseball parks in Ohio to extend the protective netting from home plate to each foul pole.

The netting is designed to protect fans from being injured by wayward foul balls.

State Representative John Patterson, from northern Ohio, is proposing the requirement, after a fan lost an eye from a foul ball at a Lake County Captains game in 2017.

Both the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians have agreed to significantly extend the protective netting for the 2020 season.

Patterson's legislation would require the improved netting to be installed in time for the 2021 baseball season.