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In Murray v. Town of Hudson, decided by the Supreme Judicial Court on August 3, a visiting baseball player suffered an injury from an allegedly dangerous condition in the bullpen area at a public park in Hudson.

The SJC held that the town owed the same duty of care to visiting team members, invited to play against the Hudson team, as it did to the Hudson players. “Where the town, as it did here, invites a school like Milford to play a baseball game on the town’s home field, thereby enabling Hudson students to play interscholastic baseball, the town owes the students on the visiting team the same duty of care to provide a reasonably safe playing field that it owes its own students…. [W]e conclude that, despite the recreational use statute, the town may be found liable for negligence in providing the pitchers from the opposing team with a bullpen that was not reasonably safe.”

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