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09-02-2010, 11:21 AM
Golf crony from Boston today told me today that Fenway Park is the only MLB park that has a ground rule triple. Its when a ball hits the ladder on the Green Monster. Is this true because I've never heard of that.
09-02-2010, 11:25 AM
The ladder to nowhere
For a long time there's been a story going around that Fenway Park is the home of baseball's only "ground-rule triple," but that's apparently some sort of urban legend. Fenway's Green Monster is the home of baseball's only in-play ladder, which extends from the upper-left corner of the old scoreboard to the top of The Wall.
Interestingly, that ladder is now superfluous. For decades, it was used by the grounds crew to access the net atop The Wall that prevented most home runs from landing on Lansdowne Street. But with the construction of the Monster Seats last year, the net is gone and so's the need for a ladder. It's still there, but probably not for long. In the meantime, though, here's a rule about the ladder: "A ball striking the top of the scoreboard in left field in the ladder below the top of the wall and bounding out of the park is two bases."
Has that ever happened? The record is silent.
Another odd thing about Fenway is the yellow line that rises to the top of The Wall, just left of the center-field bleachers. If a ball hits the line or to the right of the line, it's a home run. If a ball hits to the left of the line, it's in play ... unless the ball bounces into the bullpen, in which case it's a home run.
09-02-2010, 11:30 AM
According to this, it's a myth.
09-02-2010, 11:49 AM
No mention of it here:
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