The crews began work this week to extend the safety net to the picks of the guaranteed rate center and were due to finish the project on Wednesday, before the next Chicago White Sox home game on July 22.
The White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns the stadium, said in a press release that the works had started Monday and that the bulk of the work had to be completed by Wednesday and set up when the next team The team's family will kick off in 12 days with three games against the Miami Marlins.
The White Sox will become the first major league team to extend the net to the poles after suffering some serious injuries in the spring, putting more emphasis on the safety of fans on baseball fields.
At a party in Houston on May 29, a 4-year-old girl was hit and injured by an online attack at the baton of the defensive player of the Cubs center. Albert Almora Jr, visibly helpless. On June 10, in Chicago, a woman was hit by the White Sox hitter's ball, Eloy Jimenez. Each of the incidents occurred in the stands beyond the third base canoe, prompting several players to seek increased compensation and to accelerate the White Sox's plan to extend the compensation to the guaranteed rate field. .
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf piloted the plan to extend the net, ESPN sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan last month, and senior officials from other teams said the team was in charge. wait for a cascading effect of the teams promising to lengthen the net.
A source familiar with the net facility told ESPN that other teams could renovate their stadiums before the end of the 2019 season.
One of these teams, the Washington Nationals, announced on June 20 that it would expand its safety net during the star break with a more transparent net and extend it to a little less than the center left poles. and right.
At the request of the Major League Baseball, the 30 teams extended their safety net at least until the ends of the ponds at the start of the 2018 season. Several supporters were injured by bullets in 2017.