Rangers Fan Dies after Falling from Left Field Stands

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The night after the terrible accident--fans streamed into the ballpark while flags flew at half staff in honor of Rangers fan Shannon Stone.

At Thursday night's game against the Oakland A's Stone and his young son were seated behind the left field out-of-town scoreboard when Stone tried to catch a ball tossed into the stands by oufielder Josh Hamilton--Stone lost his balance and fell 20 feet to his death.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office ruled Stone's death as blunt force trauma caused by the fall.

Before the game Friday's Rangers game there was a moment of silence in honor of Stone while a black tarp covered the where he fell to his death.

Players on both teams wore black armbands.

Earlie in the day Arlington Code Compliance officers evaluated the stadium rails and deemed them at or above code--which the Rangers said they arlready knew.

Rangers President Nolan Ryan said fan safey the organizations top priorty.

"As an organization we are going to look into this because our number one concern is the safety of our fans," Ryan said.

Pat Courtney of Major League Baseball said local laws and ordinances dictate what is required.

"We will carefully review this incident with our clubs to continue to ensure a safe environment for our fans," Courtney said.

Last year another fan was injured when he fell from the second deck--that incident promted the Rangers to put additional warning signs on upper deck rails.

In the lower level area where Stone and his son were sitting there are no visible warning signs.

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