Major League Baseball teams to screen fans in 2014

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Baseball fans should expect to go through a metal detector to see their favorite team play in 2014.

Major League Baseball security director John Skinner said on Friday that all 30 teams are expected to screen all fans entering their ballparks next season. Some aspects of the screening will be left to individual teams, but the commissioner’s office is planning to recommend walk-through metal detectors, he said.

“It’s the reality, unfortunately, of this world,” Skinner said at the Ivy Sports Symposium at the Harvard Law School. “Ultimately, it will happen.”

Skinner made the comments during on a panel called “Preparing for the Worst: Crisis Management.” Among the other panelists was Tom Grilk, the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon.

Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in April when two bombs were set off at the finish line in April. Since then, most sporting events and facilities have increased security, with the NFL limiting fans attending regular-season games this year to a single, see-through bag for their belongings.

Skinner told The Assoc­iated Press after the panel that baseball will be making a presentation to its teams at the winter meetings in December in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

TRADE: Former World Series MVP David Freese was traded from his hometown St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Angels in a four-player deal that reunites Albert Pujols with a pair of ex-teammates.

St. Louis obtained a new starting center fielder in Peter Bourjos plus prospect Randal Grichuk, and the Cardinals also sent reliever Fernando Salas to the Angels.

“Overall, we just felt this was a very compelling deal to make,” general manager John Mozeliak said.

METS: A person familiar with the negotiations says outfielder Chris Young and New York have agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract.

The agreement is subject to a physical.

ROCKIES: Relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins and Colorado have finalized their $2.5 million, one-year deal.


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