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Texas Rangers to Raise Guard Rails in Wake of Fan's Death

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers say the ballclub will raise the level of all critical safety rails to “the highest standard in the United States at this time” after a fan fell 20 feet to his death earlier this month in an attempt to catch a baseball.

"The safety of our fans is our top priority," said Rangers president Nolan Ryan. "The initiatives we are announcing today for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will help to ensure that we meet that priority."

In addition to the guard rail alterations, the team says it will post new signs and issue safety reminders via the public address system.

Shannon Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter, was trying to catch a baseball tossed into the stands by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton when, in front of his 6-year-old son’s eyes, he tumbled over a railing and later died.

The incident, which was captured on video and quickly went viral, marked the second time this season that someone suffered a deadly fall at a major league baseball game.

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Judge Declares Mistrial in Roger Clemens Case

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A mistrial has been declared in the perjury case against former baseball star Roger Clemens, just days after the trial began.

The defense complained that prosecutors failed to follow a pretrial ruling to limit information about conversations fellow ballplayer Andy Pettitte had with his wife about the use of human growth hormone. Judge Reggie Walton halted proceedings Thursday, quickly accepted their concerns and declared a mistrial.

Clemens' defense team raised objections to prosecutors showing jurors extended parts of Roger Clemens' testimony on Feb. 13, 2008, which referenced conversations between Pettitte and his wife about use of human growth hormone.

Before a brief recess, Walton admonished prosecutors for not editing down portions of the testimony: "I made a ruling that statements that Mr. Pettitte made to his wife could not be admitted."

"This clearly runs afoul of my pre-trial rulings."  Walton told the prosecutors. "That testimony is not going to be relevant."

A new jury will now be called.

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Baseball Fan Saved from Near-Death Fall Admits 'Bad Judgment'

Keith Carmickle and his brother Kraig talk with ABC News about his narrow escape from a 20ft. fall while trying to catch a baseball. (ABC News)(NEW YORK) -- The Arizona baseball fan who narrowly escaped a 20-foot plunge while trying to catch a ball says all he recalls of the incident is the frantic screams of those around him and worries that his brother, who reached in to save his life, would be able to hold him. 

"I'm a 250-pound guy," Keith Carmickle, of Kingman, Ariz., said Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. "The look in my brother's face just appeared like, 'Can we hold on to this guy?'"

Carmickle fell after climbing onto a table just 18 inches wide and leaning forward precariously over the railing in front of his right-field bleacher seats to try and catch a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers star Prince Fielder during Major League Baseball's All-Star Home Run Derby at Chase Field, in Phoenix, on Monday night.

"I was using bad judgment on my part," Carmickle told GMA.

"When it came off the bat it seemed like it was coming directly at us," he said of the moments before the accident occurred. "I stepped up on the ladder and tumbled overboard before I realized what had even happened."

Carmickle fell over the railing headfirst before being grabbed by his brother, Kraig Carmickle, a friend, Aaron Nelson, and other spectators, who managed to save him from the estimated 20-foot fall to the stadium's pool deck.

Carmickle's near-death fall came on the same day as the funeral of Shannon Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter who fell to his death while trying to catch a ball for his young son thrown into the stands by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.

"I can only imagine what the Stone family is going through," said Kraig.

Stone's death and Carmickle's close call have raised questions about the safety of major league ballparks, and whether it is the fans who put themselves at risk by reaching for foul balls or the league and the teams who are not adequately protecting the fans.

Carmickle announced on GMA he'd be auctioning off two of the three balls they caught during the game on eBay, in an effort to raise money for Stone's family. They gave a third ball to a young baseball fan.

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