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The Rays change the ground rules for balls hit off the Tropicana Field catwalk. Again.

Mar 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

Tropicana catwalk

It used to be that if a ball hit the “A” or “B” catwalk in Tropicana Field, the ball was in play, and it was fair or foul depending on where it came down.  Apart from the sheer humiliation of playing in a park with catwalks that can be reached by batted balls in play, this led to a situation in which defenders had to track a ricocheting ball and baserunners and hitters had to stand around awkwardly trying to figure out what to do.

To remedy this situation, the Rays took the rare step of changing the ground rules for the place prior to the AL Division series last fall. For that series, balls that hit those two catwalks were considered dead balls.

Now they’re changing back:

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.

These catwalk rules are too sexy for Milan, too sexy for Milan, New York and Japaaaaan …

Don’t look at me like that. The word catwalk makes you think of that song too.  And the funniest part of it all?  Those two dudes actually have a Greatest Hits album. No, not “Greatest Hit.”  “Hits.”  Like, plural!

  1. BC - Mar 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    That’s silly. Just make it a dead ball. A do-over.
    PS. Right Said Fred rules.

  2. dmccarrie - Mar 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    That “ballpark” is such a joke.

  3. Lincoln93 - Mar 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    I think this whole post was just a chance to talk about Right Said Fred…

    • paperlions - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      …which, of course, is a good thing.

  4. kellyb9 - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I think if it lands on the catwalk, the team on defense should be forced to throw their gloves at it in order to dislodge it. If they are unable to dislodge it, the player who hit should have to climb up there to retrieve it…. that’s the way we used to do it.

  5. thinman61 - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Hate that fricking gymnasium. The Rays should play baseball outdoors, the way God intended it to be played.

  6. fishfan46 - Mar 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    I’m too sexy for this song.

  7. IdahoMariner - Mar 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    annnnnnnd now I can’t get that song out of my head. awesome.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      You’re not the only one. Must…replace…with…Kenny G…

  8. Utley's Hair - Mar 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    So Tampa (oops…I meant St. Pete 😛 ) is the place for pro wireball. Where do they have pro stepball?

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