After a man fell about forty feet from the upper deck to his death at an Atlanta Braves game this weekend, there are renewed calls on MLB to enhance fan safety. Kansas City Royals player representative Jeremy Guthrie has been lobbying for MLB to make it mandatory in all ballparks that safety netting is expanded at least to the dugouts. They also hope to add higher railings to every upper-deck fan section. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred may hear resistance from team owners and objections from valued season ticket-holders, but he no longer has a choice.
Will these new safety measures be worth restricting fans’ views?