Rangers To Extend Netting to End of Dugouts

On Thursday the Rangers announced that they would be extending the safety netting around homeplate to the ends of each dugout. The additional netting will be about six feet tall and will run along the top of the dugout.

Not all fans are happy with this – the biggest complaints being “pay attention to the game more” and “I pay good money for these seats and now they are obstructed and I can’t get balls from players”

Well, sorry. The people that sit directly behind home plate, pay more for their seats than you do and they have never complained about an obstructed view. And if you want a baseball from a player, get there during batting practice. Otherwise, go buy one. They’re about $15 at your local sporting goods store.

This is about your safety and nothing more. There are too many distractions happening during the game and even the most vigilant fan can get distracted. It’s not just phones. It’s flagging down the beer or hot dog vendor, it’s turning to your right to discuss the game with your buddy, it’s daydreaming about what it would be like if you were at bat. It’s more than just “get off your phone and pay attention.

Here are some pictures of what the netting will look like.

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Other Spring Training Notes:
  • Josh Hamilton will be visiting with team doctor Dr. Keith Meister about his balky, surgically repaired left knee. Currently, Hamilton is not limited in any baseball activities but that could change after the visit with the Doc. This is what we will have to deal with all season with Hamilton so just get used to it.
  • Potential rotation candidate AJ Griffin has reported no pain during his recovery from his second Tommy John Surgery. Griffin, who was released from the A’s during the offseaon was signed by Texas shortly after that and the Rangers would like to see him battle it out for the fifth rotation spot.
  • A healthy Griffin would be a huge boost to the Rangers pitching staff and could create quite the competition in Surprise. Despite leading the AL in home runs allowed in pitcher friendly O.co Coliseum in 2013, Griffin could be a serviceable starter if he can miss a few more bats and induce more ground balls.
  • Newly added 40 man roster INF Drew Robinson had offseason ring finger surgery but has been swinging a bat and taking some ground balls. He appears to be on track when to participate in all drills when full squad workouts officially start next week.
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Billy is a baseball fanatic and has been around the game since he was four years old. The first ever game he attended was in September of '89 and Pete Incaviglia denied him an autograph after he had a bad batting practice session. Billy has held a grudge since. Billy is also a baseball coach who is known to dance around the dugout like Ron Washington during big plays in the game.

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