Rockies planning to expand netting in 2018

Rockies planning to expand netting in 2018

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies announced Thursday that they will extend protective netting down each foul line at Coors Field starting next season.

The move was already planned, club officials said. The announcement came a day after a young girl at Yankee Stadium was hit by a foul ball off the bat of the Yankees' Todd Frazier.

The Rockies cannot install the netting before the end of this regular season or the playoffs because of various "engineering issues," according to the team's press release.

Here is the full text of the Rockies' statement:

"Ensuring the safety of our fans has always been our number one priority. In fact, the most important aspect of creating the best fan experience possible starts with the protection of our Coors Field guests.

"With that in mind, we felt it was important to let our fans know that we have been in discussions with vendors for the past several months with regard to expanded netting for the 2018 season at Coors Field.

"Beginning with vendor selection, this project is complex. There are engineering issues to address as well as decisions about height, material type, material color, cabling, length and location. In order to communicate the most complete information possible to our fans, we intend to make these determinations this offseason, all with fan safety in mind."

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.