Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis made an appeal for MLB teams to extend protective netting after he hit a young girl in the face with a foul ball on Saturday.
Galvis believes that Philadelphia should extend the netting to behind the dugout. The netting at Citizens Bank Park currently ends at the beginning of the dugout.
“What year is this? 2016? It’s 2016 and fans keep getting hit by foul balls when you’re supposed to have a net to protect the fans,” Galvis said according to Philly.com. “The fans give you the money, so you should protect them, right? We’re worried about speeding up the game. Why don’t you put up a net and protect all the fans?”
The Phillies are among the 19 teams that decided to extend netting before the season. Only the Royals, Twins and Nationals have netting that extends along the entire length of the dugout.
The girl who was hit by the foul ball was sitting behind the visitor’s dugout.
Before the season, the MLB recommended that team’s extend netting anywhere within 70 feet of home plate.