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Catwalk rules changed for postseason

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UPDATE, 2:23: The effect of the change should be minimal as by rough count there have been only 27 fair balls that have hit the A or B ring in 13 seasons - an average of two per season. There were two this season, including the controversial one by the Twins that led to a Rays loss.

UPDATE, 1:49: The basic point of the change is that any ball that hits the A or B ring (the two highest ones) or anything attached to it, is now a dead ball. Previously it was ruled fair or foul pending where it came down, and thus was in play.

DEVELOPING: The Rays just sent out a release detailing the following changes to the catwalk ground rules, effective immediately:

ST. PETERSBURG, FL---Major League Baseball today approved a change in the ground rules for Tropicana Field. The change affects any ball striking the upper two catwalks over fair territory.  The new rule will go into effect immediately.
The change (in bold)
• Batted ball strikes catwalk, light or suspended object over fair territory:
o Batted ball that strikes either of the lower two catwalks (known as the “C-ring” and the “D-ring”), including any lights or suspended objects attached to either of those rings and including the masts that support each of those catwalks as well as any angled support rods that connect the “C-ring” to the masts that support the “D-ring,” in fair territory: Home Run.
o Batted ball that strikes either of the upper catwalks (known as the “A-ring” and the “B-ring”), including any lights or suspended objects attached to either of those rings and including the masts that support each of those catwalks as well as any angled support rods that connect the “B-ring” to the masts that support the “C-ring,” in fair territory: DEAD BALL and the pitch does not count.  Any declaration of an Infield Fly after the hit shall be nullified

The previous rule read:
• Batted ball strikes catwalk, light or suspended object over fair territory:
o Batted ball that strikes either of the lower two catwalks, lights or suspended objects in fair territory: Home Run.
o Batted ball that is not judged a home run and remains on a catwalk, light or suspended object: Two Bases.
o 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.
 
 

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