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All major league ballparks will require metal detector screening by the 2015 season

Jan 21, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

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Ronald Blum of the Associated Press has the news:

NEW YORK (AP) — Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through an airport by 2015.

Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by then, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.

“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan told the Associated Press on Tuesday. “We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star game and at both World Series venues last year and were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans.”

The Seattle Mariners are going to implement the new screening system this season at Safeco Field.

There haven’t been many instances of weapon violence at baseball stadiums and it’s a shame that such extensive security measures have been deemed necessary, but it’s also understandable that Major League Baseball wants to avoid potential catastrophes. MLB stadiums hold between 35,000 and 56,000 fans.

  1. cshearing - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    More security theater, and more Americans willing to toss their freedoms out the window. I keep hearing freedom is important to Americans, but their actions speak otherwise.

    Security everywhere just means you feel threatened everywhere. Live in fear.

  2. keltictim - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    What freedom are you losing? Ballparks are private businesses the only freedom you are losing is the ability to take something prohibited inside the park. Last I checked that’s not a freedom. You can only make that argument when it comes to public places.

    • patriottony - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      FREEDOM? The right to be secure in their person and possesions,,,ever heard that one? This is just DHS/TSA finding one more venue for their jackboots. I gave up the NFL, and now I will give up MLB,,,so long so sad. Can you or any other sissy,,,tell me of ONE single incident of terrorism at MLB or NFL games? BTW what do cameras have to do with terrorism? Or seat cushions? Or Blankets? “NFL” says you can have a single one gallon plastic zip lock bag for all your wordly possesions….I tried to take my prescriptions into an NFL game in their orignal bottles in a fanny pack, so as to NOT look like a junkie,,,DENIED!!!! Thanks to an IED,,,I can’t get thru a metal detector….and have to stand aside like some convict,,because of my two purple hearts….(ie replacement metal parts)…..REALLY?????? This is what I fought for?

      • goodellisruiningtheleague - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Just asking, do you also carry a gun on you at all times, you know, just in case?

  3. keltictim - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    For some reason the reply key doesn’t work on my phone. Wish it did it would come in handy.

  4. keltictim - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Nowhere did I say it was a cure all. It is a measure taken to control the situation. Hitting is inside a ballpark would be a PR home run for them. This is private businesses taking a step to make sure that doesn’t happen. Out on the street, on public transportation the rules for the Feds to take preventative measures are much different. Stop and frisk has been struck down, profiling is on its way out, they are gonna hit us again all we are doing is dictating the when and where. And we know what the BOS bombers intentions were because dirtbag #2 told us. They wanted the 4th of July on the esplanade the bombs were ready early and they hit the first soft sports target they could.

  5. keltictim - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Hey jack wagon what does the TSA or any other government agency have to do with the security at a PRIVATE business? This is something the owners want to do for safety not the police, not the FBI, not even the NSA ( who by the way I hear can now read your thoughts thru your tinfoil hat). What are their reasons? Who knows. Could be to lower ins rates could be oh I don’t know YOUR SAFETY! And what meds do you just have to take during a 4 hour football game you loon? Take em before or wait till after. Leaving them in the bottle doesn’t make you look line a junkie, not going 4 hours without them does. Thank you for your service but easy on the paranoia guy. This is a preventive measure by a private company. It doesn’t matter if it’s to keep a 6 pack out of the park or a gun they can do what they want with their stadiums. You want a game where you don’t have to worry about it? There’s a pond hockey game down the street at 5 today but then your outside and the CIA can see you with their satellites.

    • gloccamorra - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Actually, you’re wrong. MLB is responding to Homeland Security’s concerns that public assemblies involving thousands of fans are “potential” terrorist targets. They write guidelines that they “strongly advise” private businesses to adopt. If they don’t the TSA can throttle public transit to and from the games, if you catch their drift.

  6. onbucky96 - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Don’t worry. The guy with the rubber glove is surprisingly gentle.

  7. keltictim - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Pretty rarely do I carry my pistol. Odds are if someone is hell bent on mugging me I won’t have time to draw a pistol. And if your referring to a bomber in your “just in case” question, if you happen to hear them yell “god is great” it’s probably already too late.

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