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Catcher’s Interference

On Sunday the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros played at Minute Maid.  In the bottom of the second, Tony Kemp was batting with the bases loaded and one out when Kemp’s swing made contact with the mitt of Royals’ catcher Drew Butera.  Plate umpire Lance Barrett ruled the ball dead because it was a…

Catcher’s Interference: A Potential Game-Changing Decision for a Manager

Perhaps the most impactful catcher’s interference call of the 2020 season occurred in the deciding game of the White Sox vs. A’s series in Oakland. With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, Tommy La Stella was batting for the A’s with Sean Murphy on first base and two outs when La…

Rule of the Week – Catcher Interference Won’t Always Stop the Show

How should an umpire respond to catcher interference? Watch the video!   This week we’re discussing catcher interference. Catcher interference is when a batter swings and touches the catcher’s glove. The umpire points and calls out, “that’s catcher interference” – but the ball remains alive and the play develops! If the batter gets a base…

What Do You Know? 9 Rules Questions from 2018

1. There’s a runner on first, catcher’s interference is called and the batter safely makes it to first as a result of the play. If the runner on first (after safely reaching second base), makes an attempt for third base during the play and gets thrown out, does the offensive coach have the option to…

Batter’s Interference: Coaching Tips For Smart Coaches

When a batter hinders a catcher making a play, it is basic batter interference. It usually happens that a batter swings at a pitch, misses and then falls into the space of the catcher who is attempting to throw out a runner. The batter is out and the runner(s) are returned to their previous base….

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Follow through (backswing interference) – Can a runner advance?

Because it is a minor violation of the rules, backswing (follow-through) interference has a minor penalty. The ball is dead and all runners must return to previous base. Basically, it is a do-over.

Umpire mechanic for catchers interference

Since the play stays alive after catcher’s interference, it is important for an umpire to know how the umpire signals a violation has occurred.

batter catcher contact at home plate

How is the umpire supposed to judge who is at fault when the batter and catcher collide in front of home plate?

How are you making that call?

So this is a question recently sent out on this website. I understand it fully, including the answer. However……how the heck do we make that call? <h3 class=”llms-question-text”>The following play reportedly occurred in a spring-training game circa 1960: A runner tried to score from second base on a single. The runner toppled over the catcher and…

Runner leaves batter’s box on dropped 2nd strike allowing 3rd to score

Very odd scenario but we just had a one run ballgame and a kid waived at a curveball that was blocked by the catcher but takes off like a dropped 3rd strike to 1B. The ball bounces that direction and the catcher didn’t see the runner from 3rd because batter was standing out of the…

Rules

MLB

6.01 Interference, Obstruction, and Catcher Collisions

(a) Batter or Runner Interference It is interference by a batter or a runner when: (1) After a third strike that is not caught by the catcher, the batter-runner clearly hinders the catcher in his attempt to field the ball. Such batter runner is out, the ball is dead, and all other runners return to the bases they…

5.09 Making an Out

(a) Retiring the Batter A batter is out when: (1) His fair or foul fly ball (other than a foul tip) is legally caught by a fielder; Rule 5.09(a)(1) Comment: A fielder may reach into, but not step into, a dugout to make a catch, and if he holds the ball, the catch shall be allowed. A…

Definition of Terms

ADJUDGED is a judgment decision by the umpire. An APPEAL is the act of a fielder in claiming violation of the rules by the offensive team. A BALK is an illegal act by the pitcher with a runner or runners on base, entitling all runners to advance one base. A BALL is a pitch which…

5.06 Running the Bases

(a) Occupying the Base (1) A runner acquires the right to an unoccupied base when he touches it before he is out. He is then entitled to it until he is put out, or forced to vacate it for another runner legally entitled to that base. Rule 5.06(a)/5.06 (c) Comment: If a runner legally acquires…

9.16 Earned Runs and Runs Allowed

An earned run is a run for which a pitcher is held accountable. In determining earned runs, the Official Scorer shall reconstruct the inning without the errors (which exclude catcher’s interference) and passed balls, giving the benefit of the doubt always to the pitcher in determining which bases would have been reached by runners had…

MLB Umpire Manual

BATTER INTERFERES WITH CATCHER

Rules 6.03(a)(3), 6.01(a)(1): If the batter interferes with the catcher’s throw to retire a runner by stepping out of the batter’s box, the plate umpire shall call “Interference.” The batter is out and the ball is dead (provided the catcher’s initial throw does not retire the runner; see following paragraph). No player may advance on…

OBSTRUCTION AND INTERFERENCE PLAYS— APPROVED RULINGS

Rules 6.01(h)(1), 6.01(h)(2), 6.01, 5.02(c): (1) Runner on first base; batter-runner gets in rundown between home and first. Can obstruction be called going back to home? Ruling: No, unless the obstruction is intentional. NOTE: In situations where the batter-runner gets in a rundown between first and home, if the batter-runner retreats and reaches home plate,…

CATCHER’S INTERFERENCE

Rules 5.05(b)(3), 5.06(b)(3)(D), 6.01(g): Under Official Baseball Rule 5.05(b)(3), if catcher’s interference is called with a play in progress, the umpire will allow the play to continue because the manager may elect to take the play—unless the batter reaches first base and all other runners advance one base, in which event the play stands and…

BACKSWING (FOLLOW-THROUGH) HITS CATCHER

Rules 6.03(a)(3), 6.03(a)(4), 6.03(a)(3) and (4) Comments: If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and in the umpire’s judgment unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of the batter on the follow-through or backswing while the batter is still in the batter’s box, it shall be called a strike only (no…

CHECK-SWING APPEALS

Rule 8.02(c): The Comments to Official Baseball Rule 8.02(c) provide that the manager or catcher may request the plate umpire to ask a partner for help on a half-swing when the plate umpire calls the pitch a ball. The rule further states that appeals on a half-swing may only be made on a call of…

NFHS

Rule 5 – Section 1 – DEAD BALL

5-1-1   Ball becomes dead immediately when: a pitch touches a batter or his clothing (8-1-1d), a runner (8-3-1a); The ball becomes dead even though the batter strikes at it (8-1-1d). the ball is illegally batted (7-3-2 and 7-4-1a) or is intentionally struck a second time with the bat as in 8-4-1a; the batter enters the batter’s box with an…

NFHS Rules Index

Abbreviations: Player Positions   2-1 Rule Book Play   2-1-1, 2-1-2, 2-1-3 Accident to Player or Umpire   3-1-5, 3-1-6, 5-2-1d, 10-1-6, 10-2-3k Announcements: By Umpires   10-2-3 Appeals: Improper Batter   7-1-2a, b, e Half Swing   10-1-4(a) On Runner   8-2-3 Penalty On Umpire Decision   10-1-4 Assists   9-5-3 At Bat   2-39, 9-3-1a, 9-7-1 Averages   9-7-2 Awards   1-5-3, 2-2-1, 5-1-3, 5-2-1f, 5-2-2c, 8-1-1e Note 1, 8-1-2, 8-2-6, 8-3 Balk: Acts Which Result in   6-1-1, 2, 3 Pen, 6-1-4, 6-2-1…

Rule 8 – Section 3 – BASERUNNING AWARDS

BASES AWARDED BASE OCCUPIED TIME OF ONE BASE (runners) 1.  Balk Infraction 2.  Pitch from pitcher’s plate thrown out of play Pitch 3.  Throw from pitcher’s plate goes out of play Throw 4.  Unintentional catch and carry Pitch 5.  *Catcher obstruction (if attempting to advance) Pitch 6.  Forced (because batter is awarded 1st base) Pitch…

Rule 7 – Section 3 – BATTING INFRACTIONS — A BATTER SHALL NOT:

7-3-1   Delay the game by failing to take his position promptly in the batter’s box within 20 seconds. The batter must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box throughout the time at bat. EXCEPTION A batter may leave the batter’s box when: the batter swings at a pitch, the batter is forced out of the…

Rule 2 – Section 21 – INTERFERENCE — OFFENSIVE, UMPIRE, SPECTATOR

2-21-1   Offensive interference is an act (physical or verbal) by the team at bat: which interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play; or when a runner creates malicious contact with any fielder, with or without the ball, in or out of the baseline; or a coach physically assists a…

NCAA

NCAA 7-11 When Batter or Batter-Runner Is Out

When Batter or Batter-Runner Is Out SECTION 11. A batter is out when: a. On appeal by the opposing team, the individual fails to bat in the proper turn and another batter completes a time at bat in that place; 1) The proper batter may replace the improper batter before the batter becomes a runner…

NCAA 6-2 Immediate Dead Ball—Runners Return

Immediate Dead Ball—Runners Return SECTION 2. The ball becomes dead and base runners return when: a. A foul is hit that is not caught. Runners return and the umpire shall not put the ball in play until all runners have retouched their bases; b. A ball is illegally batted (see 1-12-b PENALTY and 7-10); c….

NCAA 8-2 Batter Becomes Base Runner

Batter Becomes Base Runner SECTION 2. The batter becomes a base runner: a. Instantly after the individual makes a fair hit; b. Instantly after four balls have been called by the umpire; c. Instantly after a dropped third strike, unless there is a runner on first and fewer than two outs; d. When hit by…

NCAA 8-3 Entitled to Bases

Entitled to Bases SECTION 3. The base runner shall be entitled to an unoccupied base if the individual touches it before being put out. The base runner is entitled to this base until put out or the individual may be advanced one or more bases under the following conditions: a. If forced to vacate the…

NCAA 10-13 Putout

Putout SECTION 13. A putout is credited to a fielder who catches a batted ball in flight, tags out a runner or puts out a runner by holding the ball while touching a base to which a runner is forced to advance or return. When a batter strikes out, a putout is credited to the…

Little League

2.00 Definition of Terms

(All definitions in Rule 2.00 are listed alphabetically) ADJUDGED is a judgment decision by an umpire. An APPEAL is an act of a fielder in claiming a violation of the rules by the offensive team. An AT-BAT, for the purposes of meeting the requirements of Mandatory Play (if applicable), is when a batter assumes the…

7.09 Interference

It is interference by a batter or runner when – (a) the batter hinders the catcher in an attempt to field the ball; (b) the batter intentionally deflects the course of a foul ball in any manner; (c) before two are out and a runner on third base, the batter hinders a fielder in making…

3.00 Game Preliminaries

3.01 – Before the game begins the umpires shall – (a) require strict observance of all rules governing team personnel, implements of play, and equipment of players; (b) be sure that all playing lines (heavy lines on Diagrams No. 1 and No. 2) are marked with non-caustic lime, chalk, or other white material easily distinguishable…

6.08 Entitled to First Base

The batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided said runner advances to and touches first base) when – (a) four “balls” have been called by the umpire; ball is live and base runners may advance; (b) the batter is touched by a pitched ball which…

5.00 Putting the Ball in Play – Live Ball

5.01 – At the time set for beginning the game, the Umpire-in-Chief shall order the home team to take its defensive positions and the first batter of the visiting team to take a position in the batter’s box. As soon as all players are in position, the Umpire-in-Chief shall call “Play.” 5.02 – After the…

Israel Assoc. of Baseball

Israel Baseball Rules of Scoring

THE RULES OF SCORING  2020  OFFICIAL BASEBALL RULES WITH CHANGES FROM LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL’S “WHAT’S THE SCORE” PUBLICATION  INTRODUCTION  These “Rules of Scoring” are for the use of those managers and coaches who want to score a Juvenile or Minor League game or wish to know how to correctly score a play or a time…

ISRAEL ASSOCIATION OF BASEBALL JUNIOR AND CADET LEAGUE REGULATIONS AND PLAYING RULES

ISRAEL ASSOCIATION OF BASEBALL  JUNIOR AND CADET LEAGUE REGULATIONS  AND PLAYING RULES  (IAB RULE 13)  PREFACE  With amendments, the Junior, Cadet, and Premier League follow the Official Baseball Rules published by Major League Baseball. The Official Baseball Rules may be obtained from Major League Baseball and various retailers.  The Minor League Playing Rules (IAB Rule…

ISRAEL ASSOCIATION OF BASEBALL PREMIER LEAGUE REGULATIONS AND PLAYING RULES

ISRAEL ASSOCIATION OF BASEBALL  PREMIER LEAGUE REGULATIONS  AND PLAYING RULES  (IAB RULE 14)  PREFACE  With amendments, the Junior, Cadet, and Premier League follow the Official Baseball Rules published by Major League Baseball. The Official Baseball Rules may be obtained from Major League Baseball and various retailers.  The Minor League Playing Rules (IAB Rule 11), the…

ISRAEL ASSOCIATION OF BASEBALL JUVENILE LEAGUE REGULATIONS AND PLAYING RULES

ISRAEL ASSOCIATION OF BASEBALL JUVENILE LEAGUE REGULATIONS AND PLAYING RULES (IAB RULE 12) PREFACE With amendments, the Juvenile League follows the 2014 Playing Rules published by Little League Baseball, Incorporated. Rulebooks containing these Playing Rules may be obtained from the IAB upon request or may be purchased from Little League Baseball. The Minor League Playing…

ISRAEL ASSOCIATION OF BASEBALL MINOR LEAGUE REGULATIONS  AND PLAYING RULES 

ISRAEL ASSOCIATION OF BASEBALL  MINOR LEAGUE REGULATIONS  AND PLAYING RULES  (IAB RULE 11)  PREFACE  With amendments, the Minor League follows the 2009 Playing Rules published by Little League Baseball, Incorporated. Booklets containing these Playing Rules may be obtained from the IAB upon request or may be purchased from Little League Baseball.  The Minor League Playing…

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