All MLB ballparks will have expanded netting in 2018

The new netting will be in place by 2018 Opening Day.

All Major League ballparks will have protective netting expanded to at least the far ends of both dugouts in 2018.

Major League Baseball made the announcement Thursday, saying the new netting will be in place by 2018 Opening Day.

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“Providing baseball fans with a variety of seating options when they come to the ballpark, including seats behind protective netting, is important. Major League Clubs are constantly evaluating the coverage and design of their ballpark netting and I am pleased that they are providing fans an increased inventory of protected seats," said Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. in a news release.

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MLB says the new ballpark netting expands beyond the minimum recommendations issued by the Commissioner’s Office in December 2015.