Detroit Tigers to extend safety netting at Comerica Park for 2018

Detroit Tigers to extend safety netting at Comerica Park for 2018
Posted at 11:31 AM, Sep 26, 2017

The Detroit Tigers announced they will be extending the safety netting at Comerica Park beginning next season.

The move comes after a 3-year-old girl was hit int he face by a 105 mph foul ball by New York Yankees third basemen Todd Frazier last week.

After the incident, many players called on the MLB to expand the netting, as just five of 30 MLB stadiums that had netting that covered sections closer to the dugout.

Officials with the team who spoke on background to 7 Action News say they've done a lot of research and are identifying what other clubs have done. They are deciding what is the "best fit" and have been looking into the issue before the girl was hit by a ball last week.

In 2015, the league made safety recommendations to expand netting from dugout to dugout.

Last month, we spoke with a woman who was hit in the head by a foul ball at Comerica Park in 2015.

Carey Mason was in the front row behind the Tigers dugout and remembers very little of the incident. She was hit by a foul tip from Anthony Gose ont he right side of her head.

"I do remember I heard church bells and it was the loudest," Carey said. I was angry. Why would they do this at a baseball game."

She has reduced eyesight in her right eye, nerve and brain damage. She may never be able to return to working as a teacher. She’s also not alone. 

"I'm not able to go back to work. I may never be able go back to work because I work with children," she said. "That's a big deal. There's a lot to that. It's life-altering so I don't consider that OK."