Back in August, a batted ball struck a catwalk at The Trop costing the Rays a game. At the time we wondered if Major League Baseball would change the groundrules prior to the playoffs.
Now we learn that they have.
In a press release today, the Rays announced that MLB approved changes to the groundrules at The Trop. Now, any batted balls that strike either the A- or B-rings will now be declared a dead ball and “no pitch.” In other words, striking one of the two inner rings will now be ruled a do-over.
These changes do not affect balls striking the two rings that hang over the outfield (Rings C and D). Any batted ball that strikes those rings in fair territory will still be home runs.
It is nice to see that MLB finally made a necessary change before they were embarrassed in an important game in front of the entire country.