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Ballpark quirks at their best

Only in baseball can outfield vegetation or a catwalk high above the playing field determine a game's outcome.

Originally Published: May 3, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

When you say "ground rule," people visualize a one-hopper over the fence. Two bases. But that's not really a "ground rule" because it's a standard rule that applies in every professional ballpark in the land. That's why Jon Miller (correctly) calls that sort of hit an "automatic double" rather than a "ground-rule double."

Real ground rules are a lot more fun, specific to particular ballparks, and here are four of my favorites:

Ivy = Double

Wrigley Field, which has been ...

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