A baseball park
, also known as a baseball stadium
, ball park
, or ballpark
is a venue
is played. It consists of the playing field
and the surrounding spectator seating. While the diamond and the areas denoted by white painted lines adhere to strict rules, guidelines for the rest of the field are flexible. This allows ballparks on all levels of baseball, amateur and professional, to have their own character and quirks.
The term "ballpark" is sometimes used ambiguously, sometimes referring to the entire structure, and sometimes just the playing field. A home run where the player makes it around the bases and back to home without the ball leaving the playing field is typically called an "inside-the-park" home run, as opposed to a home run hit over the fence. Sometimes a home run over the fence is called "out of the ballpark," but that phrase more means a home run that clears the stands and lands outside the building. The playing field is most often called the "ballfield," though the term is often used interchangeably with "ballpark" when referring to a small local or little-league facility.
The playing field
A baseball field can be referred to as a diamond. The infield is a rigidly structured "diamond
" (actually a square) of dirt containing the three bases, home plate, and the pitchers mound. The space between the bases and home is a grass surface, save for the dirt mound in... Read More