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The Appeal Process: Keep Continuous Action and Keep the Force Alive

I have advocated that when possible, the defensive team should make the appeal before “Time” is called. They should keep continuous action. The defensive team should go right to the base/bases, or tag the offending runner/runners when appealing. There is no reason to get the ball to the pitcher unless the ball is in dead […]

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Astros Appeal Two Runners

The Astros and Cubs played at Minute Maid Park on September 11, 2016. In the top of the third, the Cubs had Addison Russell on second base and Javier Baez on first when David Ross hit a fly ball in foul territory down the right field line near the stands. Astros’ first baseman Marwin Gonzalez […]

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“Fourth Out”

Let’s look at the following play that could have resulted in a “fourth out” appeal when the Tigers and Indians played at Comerica Park on June 24, 2016.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball

5.09 (c) (7.10) Appeal Plays

5.09 (c) (7.10) Appeal Plays Any runner shall be called out, on appeal, when: (1)  After a fly ball is caught, he fails to retouch his original base before he or his original base is tagged; Rule 5.09(c)(1) Comment (Rule 7.10(a) Comment): “Retouch,” in this rule, means to tag up and start from a contact […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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29. RETOUCHING BASES WHILE BALL IS DEAD

29. RETOUCHING BASES WHILE BALL IS DEAD Rule 5.09(c)(2) [former Rule 7.10(b)]: While the ball is dead, no runner may return to touch a missed base or one he has left too soon after he has advanced to and touched a base beyond the missed base. A runner may return to a missed base (or […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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28. APPEAL PLAYS—APPROVED RULINGS

28. APPEAL PLAYS—APPROVED RULINGS Rule 5.09(c) [former Rule 7.10]: (1) Runner on first, one out.  The batter doubles.  Runner on first rounds the bases and tries for home. On the play at the plate, the catcher misses the tag and runner misses the plate in sliding by. As the catcher begins to chase the runner to […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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27. RUNNER MISSES HOME PLATE

27. RUNNER MISSES HOME PLATE Rules 5.09(b)(12), 5.09(c)(2), 5.09(b)(5)[former Rules 7.08(k), 7.10(b), 7.08(d)]: Rule 5.09(b)(12) [former Rule 7.08(k)] states that should a runner, in scoring, fail to touch home plate and continue on the way to the bench (making no effort to return), the runner may be put out by the fielder touching home plate […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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16. PLAY OR ATTEMPTED PLAY

16. PLAY OR ATTEMPTED PLAY Rules 5.06(b)(4)(G), 5.09(c) [former Rules 7.05(g), 7.10]: The following interpretation of “play or attempted play” applies to both awarding of bases (Official Baseball Rule 5.06(b)(4)(G) [former OBR 7.05(g)]) and appeal plays (Official Baseball Rule 5.09(c) [former OBR 7.10]): A play or attempted play is interpreted as a legitimate effort by […]