Fans React To More Netting Coming To MLB

Commissioner Bob Manfred said this week that more protective netting is coming to MLB ballparks after a spate of nasty injuries caused by hard hit baseballs hitting fans in 2015:

“In addition to a recommendation on the physical location of nets, there will be a broad fan education component to the program,” Manfred said after owners wrapped up their quarterly meeting.

“Today was a conversation. It was not us coming in, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do,'” Manfred said. “A lot of things seem easy and are not always so easy. We want our fans to be safe in the ballpark, but we also have lots of fans who are very vocal about the fact that they don’t like to sit behind nets. … We’re trying to reach an appropriate balance on the topic, recognizing that it’s complicated by the fact that not every stadium is laid out exactly the same way.”

Joe Block, innocently enough, asked this on Twitter in response:

The responses quickly veered into victim blaming:

This may be the best answer:

For what it’s worth, Block’s poll ended up 52 percent in favor and 48 percent against. You can guess which way we voted.

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