MLB approves new post-season rules for Tampa Bay catwalks
Just when you thought you understood how all of the rules worked in Tampa Bay with regards to baseballs hitting the catwalks that sit perched above the field, MLB goes and changes them all up.
MLB.com is reporting that Major League Baseball, after having discussions with the Rays, have agreed to let the team change the ground rules to the four catwalks that circle the perimeter of the Rays’ enclosed stadium at different levels at Tropicana Field.
These catwalks are designated as the A, B, C, and D rings.
Under the new rules, any ball that hits the A or B rings would be ruled a dead ball as opposed to being a live ball if it landed in fair territory. The pitch would not count.
The rules for balls that hit the C or D rings, the lowest rings at the field, will remain the same – they will still be ruled home runs.
Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas Rangers had plan to prepare their outfielders for the problems the catwalks can cause, but the new rules take that out of the mix.