Cincinnati Reds to extend netting to dugouts in 2018


A giant flag is unfurled as fighter jets fly over Great American Ball Park as the national anthem is played before a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Cincinnati. (John Minchillo/AP)

The Cincinnati Reds will install new netting at Great American Ball Park, with the new protective mesh extending all the way to the end of each dugout.

The decision comes a day after a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and taken to hospital.

The Reds were already compliant with MLB’s recommendation of having a screen anywhere within 70 feet of home plate.

Team officials expect the new safety measures to be installed by 2018.

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