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Tuesday
Jul192011

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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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