TROPICANA FIELD’S GROUND RULES WILL CHANGE FOR 2011

By on March 15, 2011

COURTESY OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—At the request of Major League Baseball, the 2011 regular season ground rules pertaining to the catwalks at Tropicana Field will revert back to the language that was used during 2010 regular season.  Tropicana Field’s ground rules were changed prior to the 2010 American League Division Series.   

2011 Tropicana Field Ground Rules (changes highlighted in bold)   BULLPEN AREA

  • Ball lodging on, under or in the bullpen seating area: OUT OF PLAY.  A ball is deemed to be lodged when it goes in or behind equipment or seating or, in the umpire’s judgment, is deemed otherwise unplayable.
  • Ball enters the bullpen seating area and rebounds out of the seating area: IN PLAY.

  CATWALKS, LIGHTS AND SUSPENDED OBJECTS

  • Batted ball strikes catwalk, light or suspended object over fair territory:

·         Batted ball that strikes either of the lower two catwalks, lights or suspended objects in fair territory: HOME RUN. ·         Batted ball that is not judged a home run and remains on a catwalk, light or suspended object: TWO BASES. ·         Batted ball that is not judged a home run and strikes a catwalk, light or suspended object in fair territory shall be judged fair or foul in relation to where it strikes the ground or is touched by a fielder. If caught by fielder, batter is out and runners advance at own risk.

  • Batted ball strikes catwalk, light or suspended object over foul territory: DEAD BALL

    Previous rule:  

  • Batted ball strikes catwalk, light or suspended object over fair territory:

·         Batted ball that strikes either of the lower two catwalks, lights or suspended objects in fair territory:     HOME RUN. ·         Batted ball that strikes either of the upper catwalks, lights or suspended objects in fair territory: DEAD BALL and the pitch does not count. Any declaration of an Infield Fly after the hit shall be nullified.   —RAYS—

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