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I was watching the movie "Major League" with my wife when she asked about the absence of the dugout railings. She assumed it was for the movie.

I explained that they were added fairly recently (early 90s perhaps) but can't find anything to confirm this.

When were dugout railings first used in the MLB?

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This blog about the Angels suggests that fences were added to dugouts shortly after Mo Vaughn's 1999 injury.

It should be noted that after Vaughn’s opening day tumble, many stadiums around Major League Baseball put fences in front of their dugouts to avoid any future injuries of this nature.

This Chicago Tribune article mentions that the process was underway, but not complete league-wide in 2002.

Some teams have put up fences or netting in front of dugouts to protect their players...

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