All 30 ballparks will have expanded safety netting for 2018

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: A general overview of the field as Jesse McGuire performs the National Anthem before the start of the National League Wild Card game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Prior to Wednesday, only two big-league teams had yet to announce plans to expand safety netting at their home ballparks ahead of the 2018 season. Now, it’s a league-wide initiative.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays announced they will install expanded safety netting at Chase Field and Tropicana Field past the end of their dugouts ahead of Opening Day. With these announcements, every major-league stadium will have expanded netting in 2018, according to Forbes’ Maury Brown.

While it’s not entirely a new endeavor, improving protection for fans in attendance became a hot-button topic in September after a young fan at Yankee Stadium was struck by a foul ball and taken to the hospital.

Shortly after the incident prompted an outcry, several teams started announcing commitments to ensure measures were taken as soon as possible to help prevent further injuries.

More details involving the expanded netting are expected to be available after the quarterly Owners Meetings on Thursday.