Yankees announce details of expanded netting

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The on Wednesday announced details regarding the additional protective netting that will be installed at Yankee Stadium in time for the April 2 home opener against the Rays.

The modifications will begin in February. The team said that partially retractable netting is being attached to the roofs of both dugouts, and stationary netting will extend beyond the far ends of the dugouts toward the foul poles.

The Yankees said last season that they were “seriously exploring” increasing the amount of netting at Yankee Stadium. A young fan was hospitalized after being hit with a foul ball down the third-base line on Sept. 20.

Netting attached to the roofs of both dugouts will extend to a height of nine feet above each dugout during games. The bottom portions of these nets will be upwardly retractable by up to three feet, allowing fans to fully interact with players during batting practice.

Prior to the start of the game, the nets will connect to the dugout roof, where they will remain in place throughout the game.

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Beyond the dugout, netting will extend to Section 011 on the first-base side and Section 029 on the third-base side. The netting in these locations will rise to eight feet above the playing field (approximately 5 1/2 feet above the wall surrounding the field of play), and it will remain in place from the start of batting practice through the end of the game.

Though the likelihood of a deal remains less than great for several reasons, the Yankees spoke again with Baltimore this week concerning the three-time All-Star, according to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The Yankees haven’t commented on the report.

Machado can be a free agent after the 2018 season and is not expected to sign an extension with the Orioles, which has made the 25-year-old one of the most intriguing names on the trade market this offseason.

The Yankees would have to part with some of the top talent in their loaded farm system if they were to convince Baltimore owner Peter Angelos to deal Machado within the American League East, but they are also one of the few teams who could match up for such a trade.

The White Sox were said to have made a considerable offer for Machado during last month’s Winter Meetings. The Cardinals, Cubs, D-backs, Phillies and Red Sox have also been linked to the two-time Gold Glove Award winner, for whom Baltimore is said to be seeking a pair of controllable starting pitchers.

Cashman’s December moves created a pair of vacancies in the Yankees infield. Second baseman Starlin Castro was moved to the Marlins as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade and third baseman Chase Headley’s salary was offloaded to the Padres, providing more latitude to keep payroll under the $197 million threshold in an effort to reset their luxury tax rate.

While Cashman has said that he is not ready to anoint starters at second base and third base, the team considers Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres as being close to big league ready. Andujar played winter ball in the Dominican Republic and Torres, rated the game’s No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline, is expected to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery in time for Spring Training.

Gamble was part of the April 1977 trade in which the Yankees sent him and right-hander LaMarr Hoyt to the White Sox in exchange for shortstop Bucky Dent. Gamble rejoined the Yanks in a trade that sent center fielder Mickey Rivers to Texas, and in ’81 he followed Reggie Jackson’s homer with one of his own, which gave the Yankees the lead in an eventual 7-3 win in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series against the Brewers. Gamble went 5-for-9 in that series, hitting a double and two homers.

Gamble’s wife said he was diagnosed with ameloblastoma about nine years ago, according to the AP. It became ameloblastic carcinoma in 2016 and he underwent several surgeries. She said he never chewed tobacco.

“In recent years, his appearances at Old-Timers’ Day and work at our Fantasy Camp in Florida delighted those who got to reconnect with his personality and love of the game,” the Yankees said. “Oscar was a treasured member of the Yankees family and will be deeply missed by our entire organization. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him.”