MLB tells teams to have metal detectors in place by 2015

Coming soon to a ballpark near you ... (USATSI)
Coming soon to a ballpark near you ... (USATSI)

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By 2015, all 30 MLB ballparks must have either handheld or walk-through metal detectors in place, the league has informed teams. 

"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," said MLB spokesman Michael Teevan. 

As the AP notes, the Mariners will have such measures operational in time for the upcoming season. 

As with all such security measures, the challenge is of course striking a balance between safety and customer convenience, and it will probably take some time to find that balance. 

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