Marlins Ballpark Ground Rule Particulars
DUGOUT AND PHOTOGRAPHERS’ AREAS:
Ball striking camera supports or domes in first and third base camera wells: Out of Play.
Railings on the upward sloping walls in foul territory in the left field and right field corners: In Play.
Ball in flight striking the higher wall at a point above the lower wall and bounding over the lower wall: Home Run.
Ball in flight striking beyond the yellow line on the fence in left-center field in front of the “Home Run Sculpture": Home Run.
Bounding ball striking beyond the yellow line on the fence in left-center field in front of the “Home Run Sculpture": Out of Play.
Ball in flight striking on or to the left of the vertical yellow line on the fence in left-center field in front of the “Home Run Sculpture" and rebounds onto the field: In Play.
The black wall or metal safety railing is recessed and behind the right field wall.
• Ball in flight: Home Run.
• Bounding ball: Out of Play.
Batted ball strikes roof over fair territory: In Play.
• If caught by fielder, batter is out and runners advance at own risk.
Batted ball strikes roof over foul territory: Dead Ball.
MOVEMENT OF ROOF AND/OR WALL PANELS:
Please refer to MLB Regulation 1-11 regarding the opening and closing of retractable roofs and/or wall panels and, where applicable, supplement with each individual ballpark’s guidelines for their retractable roof and/or wall panels.
MIAMI MARLINS RETRACTABLE ROOF GUIDELINES
Roof guidelines and criteria utilized to determine if the roof and wall will be closed:
1. Elevated chance of rain ether prior to or during the baseball game ( 40% or more)
2. Heat index greater than 83 degrees
3. Humidity levels in excess of 75%
4. Winds out of the East or Northeast in excess of 15mph
*Any one of these items on its own or a combination of these could result in a decision to begin a game with the roof and/or wall closed.
Universal Ground Rules:
The Commissioner’s Office has issued the following Universal Ground Rules for use in all Major League ballparks this season. Ground Rules pertaining to individual parks are posted separately in those parks.
- Ball on the top step (lip) of the dugout is in play.
- No equipment is permitted to be left on the top step (lip) of the dugout. If a ball hits equipment left on the top step it is dead.
- A player is not permitted to step or go into a dugout to make a catch.
- A player is permitted to reach into a dugout to make a catch. If a player makes a catch outside the dugout and the player’s momentum carries him into the dugout, then the catch is allowed and the ball is dead. See Rule 5.09(a)(1) Comment.
- A batted ball in flight can be caught between or under railings and around screens.
- A catch may be made on the field tarp.
- Batted or thrown ball lodging in the rotating signage behind home plate or along first base or third base stands is out of play.
- Batted or thrown ball resting on the rotating signage behind home plate or along first base or third base stands is in play.
- The facings of railings surrounding the dugout and photographers areas are in play.
- Any cameras or microphones permanently attached on railings or along outfield walls are treated as part of the railings or outfield walls and are in play.
- Any recessed railings or poles that are in the dugout and photographers areas are out of play and should be marked with red to mark them out of play.
- Robotic cameras or audio equipment attached to the facing of the backstop screen are considered part of the screen.
- A batted ball striking the backstop camera or audio equipment is considered a dead ball.
- A thrown ball striking the backstop camera or audio equipment is considered in play.
- A ball striking the guy wires that support the backstop is a dead ball.
- A ball lodging behind or under canvas on field tarp is out of play.
- A ball striking the field tarp and rebounding onto the playing field is in play.
- No chairs can be brought out of the dugout or bullpen and onto the playing field.
- All yellow lines are in play.