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National League Ballpark Ground Rules

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AT&T Park

BACKSTOP AREA

• Ball goint into camera window in back of home plate: Out of

Play.

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.

OUTFIELD AREA

• Batted balls rolls on right-field fence (foul territory) In Play.

• Batted ball stays on wall too long in umpire’s judgement: Out

of Play.

• Batted ball stays on top of right field bullpen awning: Two

Bases.

• Batted ball landing on green metal on top of right field wall:

Home Run.

• Fair ball strikes rail in center field and rebounds onto playing

field: Home Run.

• Batted ball in flight strikes to the left of vertical line on center

field wall: Home Run.

• Batted ball in flight strikes center field wall right of yellow line

and caroms left into stands: Home Run.

 

Busch Stadium

 

OUTFIELD AREA

• Batted ball in flight striking the top or inside of the yellow

screen attached from the top of the left field outfield wall

to the left field foul pole: Home Run.

 

Chase Field

 

OUTFIELD AREA

• Batted ball in flight strikes fence of right field corner wall

and leaves the field: Home Run.

• Batted ball in flight strikes pole (painted black) above fence

in right center field: Home Run.

• Batted ball in flight strikes right of yellow line in right center

or left of line in left center: Home Run.

• Batted ball strikes centerfield wall, girders or face of overhangs

in centerfield on or between yellow lines and

rebounds onto playing field: In Play.

• Batted ball in flight strikes centerfield wall between yellow

lines and caroms over shorter fence: Home Run.

• Batted ball in flight striking above yellow line in batter’s eye

and rebounding onto playing field: Home Run.

ROOF

• Batted ball strikes roof over fair territory:

Ball 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 roof 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.

 

Citi Field

 

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Citizens Bank Park

 

DUGOUT AND PHOTOGRAPHERS’ AREAS

• Ball striking dugout roof: Out of Play

BACKSTOP AREA

• Ball going into camera area behind home plate: Out of

Play.

OUTFIELD AREA

Left Field:

• Over the fence and in plantings: Home Run.

• Ball strikes spectator in fair territory: Home Run.

Left Center Field to Center Field:

• Ball hits to the left of the vertical yellow line: Home Run.

• Ball hits on or to the right of the vertical yellow line and

rebounds back onto the field: In Play.

• Ball hits on or to the right of the vertical yellow line and

goes over the center field fence without striking the

ground: Home Run.

Right Center Field to Center Field

• Ball wedges in chain link fence in front of out-of-town

scoreboard: Two Bases.

• Ball strikes fence or scoreboard and goes over lower center

field fence without striking the ground: Home Run.

• Ball strikes fence or scoreboard and goes over higher portion

of outfield fence without striking the ground: Two

Bases.

 

Coors Field

 

OUTFIELD AREA

• Fair ball striking net in left field and rebounding onto playing

field: In Play.

• Fair ball going through or lodging in scoreboard in right

field, either on bounce or in flight: Two Bases.

 

Dodger Stadium

 

BACKSTOP AREA

• Ball striking camera on top of backstop: Dead Ball.

OUTFIELD AREA

• Batted ball hitting bullpen gate in either left or right field and

bouncing into the seats: Home Run.

 

Great American Ball Park

 

DUGOUT AND PHOTOGRAPHERS’ AREAS

Ball striking padded railings or netting around dugout or

photographers’ area: In Play

Ball striking facing over dugout or recessed steel railing:

Out of Play (Award by Book Rule).

Ball on top step (lip) of dugout: In Play

BACKSTOP AREA

Pitched or thrown ball resting on top of padding or on

ledge of signage: In Play

Pitched or thrown ball lodging in padding or signage: Out

of Play (Award by Book Rule).

TARP AREA

Thrown or fair ball lodging behind or under canvas on field

tarp: Out of Play (Award by Book Rule).

• A catch may be made on canvas.

OUTFIELD AREA

Batted ball in flight going over horizontal yellow line on top

of outfield fence: Home Run

Batted ball striking horizontal yellow line: In Play

Batted ball in flight striking vertical yellow line in left-center

field or right field corner and caroming over outfield

fence: Home Run

Fair ball striking railing on top of wall down the line in foul

territory and rebounding onto playing field: In Play

 

 

Miller Park

 

OUTFIELD AREA

• Batted ball in flight striking yellow portion of pad in left field

corner: Home Run.

• Batted ball in flight striking blue portion of pad in right field

corner: Foul.

• Fair bounding ball striking yellow portion of pad: Two Bases.

• Fair bounding ball striking blue portion of pad: In Play.

ROOF

• Batted ball strikes roof, roof truss, or roof cable over fair territory:

Ball 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 roof, roof truss, or roof cable 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.

 

Minute Maid Park

 

OUTFIELD AREA

Batted ball striking screen in left-center field and rebounding

onto playing field: In Play.

• Batted ball going through or lodging in out-of-town scoreboard,

either on bounce or in flight: Two Bases.

• Batted ball in flight striking fence above yellow line or top of

railing in left center field: Home Run.

• Batted ball hitting the top of the out-of-town scoreboard ledge

and going into the stands: Two Bases.

• Batted ball hitting the side raililng of Crawford boxes and going

into the stands: Two Bases.

• Batted ball striking higher wall or railing and rebounding over

lower wall: Home Run

• Batted ball in flight strikes flagpole and leaves the field: Home

Run.

• Batted ball strikes flagpole and rebounds onto playing field: In

Play.

• Batted ball strikes flagpole and rebounds onto playing field and

then bounces over fence: Two Bases.

ROOF

Batted ball strikes roof over fair territory:

Ball 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 roof 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.

 

Nationals Park

OUTFIELD AREA - LEFT FIELD

  • Fair bounding ball striking above the padded outfield wall between the vertical yellow line in foul territory and the left field foul pole is out of play: Two Bases.
  • Fair bounding ball striking above the padded outfield wall on or to the left of the vertical yellow line in foul territory is in play.

 

Petco Park

 

DUGOUT AND PHOTOGRAPHERS’ AREAS

• Ball enters warning track adjacent to either side of the

dugout seats: ln Play

OUTFIELD AREA

Left Field:

• Ball strikes east (right) side of Western Metal Supply

Building: Home Run

• Ball strikes anything attached to east (right) side of Western

Metal Supply Building: Home Run.

• Ball strikes south (left) side of Western Metal Supply

Building: Foul Ball.

Right Field:

• Ball strikes spectator rail at the Right Field Porch: Home

Run.

• Ball strikes yellow pad on the Right Field wall and rebounds

onto paying field: ln Play

• Ball strikes yellow pad on the Right Field wall and then

spectator rail at Right Field Porch: 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.

 

PNC Park

 

OUTFIELD AREA

• Batted ball in flight striking taller wall in left-center field

and bounding into left-field stands: Home Run.

• Batted ball in flight striking base of chain-link bullpen

fence and bounding over outfield wall: Two Bases

• Batted ball in flight striking padding on taller wall in rightcenter

field and bounding into right-center field stands:

Home Run.

Sun Life Stadium
 

DUGOUT AND CAMERA AREAS

Ball striking facing of roof over dugouts: Out of Play

OUTFIELD AREA

Batted ball striking any portion of left field scoreboard

below uppermost edge: In Play.

• Batted ball in flight striking any portion of foul pole above

uppermost edge of left field scoreboard: Home Run.

• Batted ball in flight striking any portion of left field scoreboard

and caroming over lower outfield wall: Home Run.

 

 

Turner Field

 

DUGOUT AREA

• Ball striking facings over dugouts: Out of Play

OUTFIELD AREA

• A ball lodged in the chain-link fence in front of the field level

scoreboards in left field and right field: Dead Ball

 

Wrigley Field

 

HOME PLATE AREA

• Pitched or thrown ball lodging in or under grates on

either side of home plate: Out of Play

OUTFIELD AREA

• Fair bounding ball striking railing or screen attached to

bleacher wall and rebounding onto playing field: In

Play.

• Fair bounding ball lodges in screen attached to

bleacher wall: Two Bases.

• Fair ball lodges in vines on bleacher walls: Two

Bases.

• Fair ball enters vines on bleacher walls and rebounds

onto playing field: In Play.

• Fair ball lodges in or under grates in left or right field:

Two Bases.

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

 

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