The Texas Rangers have announced they will honor the fan who died at the ballpark earlier this year with a bronze statue that should be in place by the start of the 2012 season.
Shannon Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood, Texas, passed away following a fall from the left field stands as he attempted to catch a ball thrown by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game on July 7th.
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"We feel that this statue will be a most fitting tribute," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "It will not only serve to honor Mr. Stone's memory, but also recognize Rangers fans and baseball fans everywhere. I have discussed the project with his wife Jenny, and she along with other members of the Stone family will be involved in the design and creation of the statue."
Since Stone's death, the Rangers have made plans to raise all the front row railings at the ballpark to 42 inches. There are also new signs on display warning against leaning over the rails, and a public-service announcement played before the start of every game.