According to the Associated Press, Major League Baseball is planning to implement stricter ballpark security measures next year.

The only specific item mentioned is the addition of walk-through metal detectors.

“It’s the reality, unfortunately, of this world,” John Skinner, MLB’s security director is quoted as saying. “Ultimately, it will happen.”

The Baltimore Sun quotes another MLB official stating that no official decision has been made.

“We have been reviewing our security procedures for many months and we will issue a security bulletin in 2014 that will include practices and procedures that are responsive to the new security environment,” MLB spokesman Mike Teevan said. “Fan screening will be one of the subjects addressed. We are continuing to consult with our clubs, our experts and the Department of Homeland Security, and we expect to announce specific changes after some further off-season meetings.”

Walk-through metal detectors may actually be less annoying than waiting for a security official of the appropriate gender to do a pat down when the wand detectors fail to function, so I don’t really have an issue if MLB chooses to go that route.

But if MLB follows the NFL route of severely limiting what can be brought into a stadium, I’ll find myself reconsidering whether I need to go out to the ballpark at all. I’ve already reached the decision that I’d rather watch on TV than spend close to two hours traveling to Queens from New Jersey unless there’s a special occasion.

Something to keep in mind before you purchase your 2014 baseball tickets.

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I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

4 responses

  1. Freddy says:

    Its going to be a horror show when the teams have giveaways that aren’t given to all fans aka first 20,000 etc. This wouldn’t be an issue with the Phillies, as most of their promotions are either all fans, all kids 14 and under, women for Mothers Day and all men for Fathers Day.

    As for what the NFL did, they clearly don’t realize there are no longer waiting lists for season tickets with few exceptions such as Green Bay and the NY Giants. It was great last year to bring a mini helmet to the NY Jets alumni alley for autographs. Now you can’t bring into the stadium the SAME exact item they sell in the team store. While I do realize we live in the post 9/11 world, teams and leagues are just looking for new scams and excuses in the name of security.

    There are going to be numerous altercations between fans and security- hope I’m not there for it.

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  2. markruck says:

    Now, if only they could take care of the drunks INSIDE the ballpark.

    For football, maybe a breathalyzer could be included with the metal detector.

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  3. Freddy says:

    Could not say it better Mark.

    The teams better have a line for season ticket holders only if they don’t want to lose their subscribers.

    To the best of my knowledge, only the Red Sox and Cubs don’t have season tickets available. Anyone?

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  4. Barclays Center has them. & it’s awful. I might start staying home as well

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