Braves raise height of protective netting at Turner Field

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves are adding more protective netting between the dugouts for their final season at Turner Field.

The Braves are joining several teams in providing more protection for fans. The outer wing netting, which extends in both directions to the dugouts, will be raised by 20 feet, from 10 to 35 feet high, to match the height of the screen directly behind home plate.

In response to fans being injured by foul balls last season, Major League Baseball in December recommended that teams provide more protection for field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate.

The World Series champion Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins are among other clubs adding field netting.

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