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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Riverfront Stadium to Get Padded Walls

<i> Associated Press</i>

The outfield walls at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium will be padded next year, the city and the Reds agreed, ending a controversy started by Lenny Dykstra’s season-ending injury.

The city, which operates the stadium, and the Reds were criticized after Dykstra suffered a broken collarbone by running into the unpadded wall Monday night. The plywood walls have never been padded during the stadium’s 21 years, one of only four NL stadium without such protection for outfielders.

The ballclub estimates it will cost $40,000 to $60,000 to get the pads, expected to be in place by opening day.

Owner Marge Schott had sidestepped the padding question Tuesday. She said it was the city’s responsibility.

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