KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) - With protective netting at Major League Baseball stadiums becoming a more prominent issue, the Kansas City Royals are planning to take action.
On Monday, the team confirmed it intends to extend the protective netting at Kauffman Stadium. Senior Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich said this was planned before an incident from Sunday, where a fan was struck with a foul ball at a game against the Detroit Tigers.
There have been other incidents throughout the MLB, such as when a foul ball fractured the skull of a 2-year-old girl in Houston in May, another hit a woman at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in June and one killed a California woman after she was hit by one in August of 2018.
"We have every intention of extending the netting at Kauffman Stadium," Uhlich said. "We recently commissioned a study on how to best do that. This was obviously before the incident Sunday.
"We do understand the sense of urgency with reports this year of more fans being injured in the stands across Major League Baseball. Any extension of the netting requires engineering and installation challenges, so it’s more than an overnight project."
According to Uhlich, the team will be making changes to the current set-up of the stadium and that could happen before the season ends. It's not yet known how far the netting will be extended.
As for the girl who was struck by the foul ball at Kauffman Stadium, Uhlic said the team has been in touch with her family. She was taken to a local hospital, kept overnight for observation and is expected to be released today.
According to Uhlich, several Royals players as well as the Tigers player who hit the ball signed a baseball for the girl after the game.