Major League Baseball aiming to implement fan code of conduct

Major League Baseball to implement a fan code of conduct next season.
Major League Baseball intends to implement a universal code of conduct for fans who attend games beginning next season. The code is expected to be ratified by owners in November.

The catalyst behind the code is an unfortunate incident earlier this season in Boston where fans at Fenway Park yelled racial epithets and taunts at Orioles' center fielder Adam Jones.

Similar policies for acceptable fan behavior already exist in the NFL and NBA.

Commissioner Rob Manfred urged clubs following the Jones' incident to evaluate their own code of conduct at their home ballpark. Though every organization has rules in place to ideally prevent poor behavior, resources, enforcement, and penalties differ from city to city.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a Guest Code of Conduct that can be read here.

"We want to know exactly what clubs are already doing," Manfred said in May. "Our goal is to have an environment in all 30 ballparks that is welcoming to fans of all racial backgrounds. We work hard to have a family-friendly and diversity-friendly environment, and we will continue to do that."

Implementing a league-wide policy sets a minimum standard for all clubs and puts in place consequences that are consistent in each ballpark, according to a source close to the discussions.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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