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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010

MLB: Twins' Span calls for more netting to protect fans

Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. After accidentally hitting his mother with a foul ball in a spring training game, Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span says he thinks baseball teams should extend the netting that protects fans.

Fans sitting behind home plate are protected from foul balls by netting. But most major league and minor league ballparks stop the netting before the dugouts on either side.

Wanda Wilson was sitting adjacent to the Twins dugout in Tampa on Wednesday when she was hit in the chest by a line drive from her son. She wasn't seriously hurt, but Span says it could have been a lot worse.

Major League Baseball says it is up to each individual team to decide how much netting is used at its ballpark.