Catcher Tucker Barnhart and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $16 million, four-year contract that covers his salary arbitration years and the first season after he would have been eligible for free agency. As part of the deal announced Friday, Cincinnati has a $7.5 million option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout. Barnhart is making $575,000 and would have been eligible for salary arbitration in the offseason for the first time.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:40 pm
At least three Major League Baseball teams will extend protective netting at their ballparks to prevent foul balls and broken bats from hurting spectators, a move triggered by a serious injury to a young girl at New York’s Yankee Stadium this week. The Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres said they would install additional netting at their ball parks in time for opening day in 2018, extending protection that is currently limited to the seats directly behind home plate to the start of the team dugouts. “We still have some details to work out, but the bottom line is expanded netting at Safeco Field is going to happen,” Mariners President Kevin Mather said in a statement.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:53 pm
Rookie right-hander Sal Romano will carry some extra motivation to the mound on Friday night when he and the Cincinnati Reds face the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. Romano is focused on winning a game for the Reds and helping further solidify his spot in the rotation for 2018. Romano’s beloved Bronx Bombers trail the Red Sox by three games in the American League East standings.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:44 am
On Wednesday, a young fan was hit with a foul ball at Yankee Stadium along the third base line. She was cared for by first aid workers before going to the hospital, where her father said that “she’s doing all right” but that it was still too soon to tell whether surgery would be necessary. Reactions from many in and around the sport were swift and decisive: more protective netting is needed at many stadiums. There was of course backlash to this, but anybody who values the protection of fans pretty much agrees more netting is the only option, and one that needs to happen soon. For the majority of teams, netting in front of fans ends on the home plate side of both dugouts rather than extending
Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:16 am
After a young girl was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium during a Yankees–Twins game on Wednesday, the Reds became the first team to respond by announcing a plan to increase netting at its stadium, Great American Ballpark. The Mariners, Padres and Rockies have since followed suit. The Mariners also announced a plan to increase netting at Safeco Field, but said the specifics of the plan are still being discussed.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:40 pm
The pressure is on Major League Baseball teams to add more protective netting to their stadiums after the scary scene Wednesday at Yankee Stadium where a young girl was hit by a foul line drive and apparently knocked out. The little girl was OK, according to an update that came Wednesday night after she’d been to the hospital, but it still added a new layer to a debate that’s been going for a few years: Do MLB stadiums need more netting to protect fans? A young girl is carried out of Yankee Stadium after getting hit by a foul ball Wednesday.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:35 pm