White Sox Reveal Plans to Install Extended Safety Net

Chicago White Sox’s Eloy Jimenez celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago, Friday, June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

While the streets of Chicago have become increasingly more dangerous in recent years, the White Sox apparently want Guaranteed Rate Field to remain a safe haven for baseball fans.

Team officials have announced plans to extend protective netting behind home plate to both foul poles.

The planned renovation will make Guaranteed Rate Field the only ballpark in the country with the extended protection. “I think any safety measure we can take to make sure that the fans are safe, we should do it,” Chicago’s Kris Bryant says.

Just before the 2018 season, MLB teams committed to extending the netting to the ends of both dugouts following a number of foul ball injuries.

The White Sox’ plan goes beyond that.

Have you ever had a close call with a ball at a game?

Is there a downside to this? What would you say to the critics of this plan?