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Maddon: Catwalk rules could be changed for postseason

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Rays manager Joe Maddon, vehement in his complaints about the Trop after Thursday's catwalk calamity, said if the Rays advance to the playoffs it's possible the ground rules could be changed.

"I honestly believe that if we were to get to the playoffs you might see some real strong consideration or more thought given to changing something now,'' Maddon said. "I think that's possible. I do. Truly, just think about a game being won or lost - just say it were the seventh game - and say that game was impacted by that, both sides would be yelling bloody murder.''

Maddon said a change "deserves consideration" but he would need to think more about the issue before saying what changes he would recommend, though he did mention the idea of "do-overs,'' implying that balls hitting the catwalks being ruled dead.

There was no talk Friday among MLB's baseball operations officials about the Thursday incident, and it would seem unlikely that rules would be changed during the season, or for the postseason.

 Under the current rules, fair balls that hit the two highest catwalks are in play (and a fair balls that remains stuck in one is a ground rule double).

[Last modified: Sunday, September 5, 2010 12:15am]

    

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