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AMERICAN LEAGUE BALLPARK GROUND RULES

Angel Stadium

DUGOUT AND PHOTOGRAPHERS' AREAS

  • Ball striking any forward facing green padded dugout or photographer well railing and rebounding onto playing field: In Play.

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Ball hitting yellow square at top of outfield wall on right side of bullpen gate: In Play (However, ball hitting fence support above yellow square is considered to have gone over fence (i.e., home run, ground-rule double, etc).
  • Ball striking railings above fence in right field: Home Run

Camden Yards

DUGOUT AND PHOTOGRAPHERS' AREAS

  • Ball striking surfaces, pillars or facings surrounding dugouts: Out of Play.

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Fair bounding ball striking railing above cement wall down right field line in foul territory: In Play.
  • Batted ball in flight striking grounds crew shed roof in right field and rebounding onto playing field: Home Run.

Comerica Park

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Batted ball in flight striking padding below the top of outfield wall and caroming into stands: Two Bases.
  • Batted ball in flight striking above padding: Home Run.

Fenway Park

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Batted ball over line on top of the left field wall: Home Run.
  • Fair ball going through scoreboard, either on the bound or in flight: Two Bases.
  • Batted ball in flight striking to the right of yellow line on left center field wall behind flagpole: Home Run.
  • Batted ball in flight striking left center field wall to left of line behind flagpole and bounding into seats on top of center field wall: Home Run.
  • Batted ball in flight striking left of line in right center field and bounding into bullpen: Home Run.
  • Fair ball striking the ladder below top of left field wall and bounding out of park: Two Bases.

Globe Life Park

DUGOUT AREAS

  • Ball striking facing of dugout and rebounding onto playing field: Out of Play.

RAILINGS

  • Ball striking any railing adjacent to field and rebounding onto playing field: In Play.

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Fair ball lodging in fence padding or in manually operated scoreboard in left field fence: Two Bases.

 

Kauffman Stadium

 

Foul poles -- above surrounding fenceline is a home run. Below surrounding fenceline is in play.

Ball going into dugout, camera bays or hitting padded protective railings along dugout is out of play.

Ball hitting guy wires supporting backstop screen is the same as ball going into stands.

Batted or thrown ball that hits tarpaulin area cover is in play.

Thrown ball lodging in or under backstop protective canvas and remaining: 2 bases; Pitched ball: 1 base.
 

O.co Coliseum

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Batted ball striking face of out-of-town scoreboard: In Play.
  • Batted ball striking above face of out of town scoreboard (above yellow line on top of scoreboard): Home Run

BULLPEN AREA

  • Ball lodging on, under or in the bullpen seating area: Out of Play.
  • Ball enters the bullpen seating area and rebounds out of the seating area: In Play.

Progressive Field

DUGOUT AND PHOTOGRAPHERS' AREAS

  • Ball striking roofs or color facings of dugouts, camera pits or diamond suites: Out of Play

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Batted ball in flight striking the flat area in front of right field seating area and beyond right field wall: Home Run.

Rogers Centre

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Fair ball lodging in fence padding: Two Bases.
  • Fair ball striking fence padding and bouncing over fence: Two Bases.
  • Ball striking padding on outfield fence to foul or seating side of foul line: Out of Play.
  • Batted ball striking the top of the outfield wall above the left center and right center field videoboards and bounding over the fence: Home Run.
  • Batted ball striking the top of the outfield wall above the left center and right center field videoboards and rebounding onto the playing field: In Play.

Guidelines for Movement of Retractable Roofs
 
Championship Season
 
The decision to open or close the roof prior to the start of the game resides with the home Club. Each Club with a retractable roof shall file with the MLB Baseball Operations Department, no later than May 1, 2006, a list of the criteria it intends to use during the championship season to decide whether to begin a game with its ballpark's roof open or closed. The home Club should inform the umpire crew chief and visiting Club if it intends to move the roof during the game.
 
A. Closing an Opened Roof:
 
If the game begins with the roof open, it may be closed only in the event of impending rain or other adverse weather conditions that may affect play or spectator comfort. If the home Club believes such conditions exist, the home Club shall confer with the umpire crew chief, who shall in turn inform the visiting Club. The visiting Club may object, if it feels a competitive imbalance will arise. In that event, the umpire crew chief shall make the final decision. If there is no objection, the decision to close the roof rests solely with the home Club.
 
B. Opening a Closed Roof:
 
If the game begins with the roof closed, it may be opened if, in the opinion of the home Club, the climatic environment is such that fan comfort and enjoyment will be best served by opening the roof. A closed roof may not be opened on the grounds that weather conditions may affect spectator comfort if the seventh inning of a game has already begun. Prior to opening the roof, the home Club shall confer with the umpire crew chief, who shall in turn inform the visiting Club. The visiting Club may object, if it feels a competitive imbalance will arise. In that event, the umpire crew chief shall make the final decision.
 
The roof may be moved only once during the game (i.e., once closed, it may not be re-opened, and once opened, may not be re-closed) unless inclement weather or other adverse weather conditions indicate otherwise. Clubs should be very cautious of opening a closed roof if the possibility of inclement weather exists.
 
The movement of the roof must commence at the conclusion of an inning, unless weather conditions are such that the umpire crew chief deems it necessary to close the roof immediately so that play is not interrupted. The movement of the roof shall be continuous.

Safeco Field

OUTFIELD AREA

  • Fair ball (either in flight or on bounce) striking net under hand operated scoreboard in left field, and lodging behind padded wall: Two Bases.
  • Ladder and handle attached to and to right of scoreboard are beyond wall. Batted ball in flight striking ladder or handle: Home Run.
  • Netting in right field corner in foul territory is above and beyond the wall. A batted ball that bounds into the netting is a dead ball whether or not it rebounds onto the playing field: Two Bases.

ROOF TRUSSES

  • Batted ball strikes roof truss over fair territory:
    • Ball to 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 roof truss over foul territory: Dead Ball

Guidelines for Movement of Retractable Roofs
 
Championship Season
 
The decision to open or close the roof prior to the start of the game resides with the home Club. Each Club with a retractable roof shall file with the MLB Baseball Operations Department, no later than May 1, 2006, a list of the criteria it intends to use during the championship season to decide whether to begin a game with its ballpark's roof open or closed. The home Club should inform the umpire crew chief and visiting Club if it intends to move the roof during the game.
 
A. Closing an Opened Roof:
 
If the game begins with the roof open, it may be closed only in the event of impending rain or other adverse weather conditions that may affect play or spectator comfort. If the home Club believes such conditions exist, the home Club shall confer with the umpire crew chief, who shall in turn inform the visiting Club. The visiting Club may object, if it feels a competitive imbalance will arise. In that event, the umpire crew chief shall make the final decision. If there is no objection, the decision to close the roof rests solely with the home Club.
 
B. Opening a Closed Roof:
 
If the game begins with the roof closed, it may be opened if, in the opinion of the home Club, the climatic environment is such that fan comfort and enjoyment will be best served by opening the roof. A closed roof may not be opened on the grounds that weather conditions may affect spectator comfort if the seventh inning of a game has already begun. Prior to opening the roof, the home Club shall confer with the umpire crew chief, who shall in turn inform the visiting Club. The visiting Club may object, if it feels a competitive imbalance will arise. In that event, the umpire crew chief shall make the final decision.
 
The roof may be moved only once during the game (i.e., once closed, it may not be re-opened, and once opened, may not be re-closed) unless inclement weather or other adverse weather conditions indicate otherwise. Clubs should be very cautious of opening a closed roof if the possibility of inclement weather exists.
 
The movement of the roof must commence at the conclusion of an inning, unless weather conditions are such that the umpire crew chief deems it necessary to close the roof immediately so that play is not interrupted. The movement of the roof shall be continuous.

Tropicana Field

BULLPEN AREA

  • Ball lodging on, under or in the bullpen seating area: Out of Play.
  • 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

US Cellular Field

  • Ball on the top step (lip) of the dugout is in play.
    • No equipment is permitted to be left on the top step (lip) of the dugout. If a ball hits equipment left on the top step it is dead.
  • A player is not permitted to step or go into a dugout to make a catch.
    • A player is permitted to reach into a dugout to make a catch. If a player makes a catch outside the dugout and the player's momentum carries him into the dugout, then the catch is allowed and the ball remains alive as long as the player does not fall while in the dugout. See Rule 6.05(a).
  • A batted ball in flight can be caught between or under railings and around screens.
  • A catch may be made on the field tarp.
  • Batted or thrown ball lodging in the rotating signage behind home plate or along first base or third base stands is out of play.
    • Batted or thrown ball resting on the rotating signage behind home plate or along first base or third base stands is in play.
  • The facings of railings surrounding the dugout and photographers areas are in play.
    • Any cameras or microphones permanently attached on railings are treated as part of the railings and are in play.
    • Any recessed railings or poles that are in the dugout and photographers areas are out of play and should be marked with red to mark them out of play.
  • Robotic cameras attached to the facing of the backstop screen are considered part of the screen.
    • A batted ball striking the backstop camera is considered a dead ball.
    • A thrown ball striking the backstop camera is considered in play.
  • A ball striking the guy wires that support the backstop is a dead ball.
  • A ball lodging behind or under canvas on field tarp is out of play.
  • A ball striking the field tarp and rebounding onto the playing field is in play.
  • No chairs can be brought out of the dugout or bullpen and onto the playing field.
  • All yellow lines are in play.

Yankee Stadium

 

  • Foul poles are outside the playing field.
  • Any batted ball hitting a foul pole above the fence line is a home run.
  • Bat racks are within the dugout.
  • Any thrown ball hitting dugout railing or foundation and rebounding on field is in play.
  • Any ball going into dugout or hitting other parts of dugout is out of play.
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