As we get closer to the start of the regular season it’s a good time to refamiliarize ourselves with the ground rules.
There are so-called “universal ground rules,” such as a ball on the top step (or lip) of the dugout is in play, and then specific ones for each of Major League Baseball’s individual parks.
Here are the ground rules at Fenway Park:
- 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 topof 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.
- The extension from the right field foul pole to the front of the wall is part of foul pole:
- Ball in flight striking extension: Home Run.
- Ball hitting the top of outfield wall then extension: Home Run.
- Bounding ball (off of playing surface) striking the extension: Two Bases.