Springfield Cardinals proactive with fan safety

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo A scary scene unfolded in New York Wednesday night when a young girl was struck by a foul ball while watching the Twins take on the Yankees.

The game was briefly halted in the fifth inning when the Yankees' Todd Frazier ripped the ball into the stands along the third base line. The child was taken to the hospital, and New York manager Joe Girardi said he had been told by security that she is going to be okay.

The protective netting at Yankee Stadium ends at the home plate side of each dugout, and the team said in July it is "seriously exploring" extending the netting for 2018.

It's a move the Springfield Cardinals have already made, having added netting that runs from the outer edge of one dugout to the other in 2016. Cards general manager Dan Heiter says the seamless netting at Hammons Field increases safety while not significantly impacting the fans' view of the game.

"When we get a call from other teams asking how the program went, we recommend it to everyone that we can. Every single foul ball that we see, every single broken bat that goes above the dugout that would go into the fans area we're very proud of our net and we hope that other people do follow suit," Heider says.

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