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1 MLB Team Will Now Have Protective Netting To The Foul Poles

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 14: Clouds form shadows across the field during a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field on August 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Protective netting has become a major talking point for Major League Baseball teams in the wake of several fan injury incidents in recent years.

MLB franchises had previously extended their protective netting to the dugouts, though no one had gone all the way with it, extending it to the foul poles.

Until today, that is.

The Chicago White Sox have reportedly decided to become the first MLB franchise to have fully extended netting at their ballpark.

The Sun-Times first reported the news:

The White Sox and Illinois Sports Facilities Authority are planning to extend the protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field down the lines to the foul poles, according to a source.

Exact details will be announced later, but the changes will be made as soon as possible this season.

Calls for better netting intensified following a terrifying incident at a Cubs-Astros game earlier this season, when a young girl was struck by a foul ball.

"Following the awful incident with a child getting hit by a ball in the Cubs-Astros game, Kris Bryant was unequivocal, telling ESPN that Major League Baseball needs to extend netting further down the lines to prevent hard-hit balls rocketing into the stands and injuring fans," ESPN's Jeff Passan reported.

The White Sox will become the first MLB team to have fully-protective netting at its ballpark.

More will follow, hopefully.