The Yankees announced their plans on expanded the protective netting down both foul lines at Yankee Stadium, reports the New York Times.
According to the club, the nets will extend nine feet above the dugout roofs and five and a half feet above the short walls that extend down the foul lines. The nets behind the dugout will be retractable by up to three feet and will then be fastened once the game starts.
The Yankees said the netting would be made from a knotless, synthetic material - the same used behind home plate last season - and be field green, so as to better blend into the playing field. The netting will be installed next month and should be ready for the home opener on April 2. The club is taking similar measures at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, their spring training home.
While several teams have expanded the protective netting over the last two years -- including the Mets, who did so at Citi Field during last year's All-Star break -- the Yankees were hesitant to do so for fear it would impact the views of their highest-priced seats.
That changed last Sept. 20 when a one-year old girl was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier. The girl suffered fractures of her orbital bone and nose as well as bleeding on her brain. She must also wear an eye patch for five hours each day on her good eye to help strengthen the eyelid and muscles on the injured eye.
Her father, Geoffrey Jacobson, is pleased the Yankees are going above and beyond the stated MLB guidelines currently in place.
"It's needed, and I'm really happy that the Yankees did the right thing," he said.