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The Dangerous Batter-Runner First Baseman Collision

You might recall in my spring training presentation that I strongly endorsed the idea of having the first baseman (or second baseman) who is taking the throw from the catcher or the pitcher in the bunt area, to take the throw from a stretch position to the fair side of the foul line to avoid […]

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The New Baseline Rule for 2017

Any runner is out when he runs more than three-feet away from his base path to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base […]

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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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Scioscia Protests Batter-Runner Interference Rule

Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia protested the Angels 7-5 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The protest that was denied on Thursday centered around rule 5.09 (a) (11), which covers batter-runner interference the last 45-feet between home and first base. The rule reads: A batter is out when in running the last […]

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Batter-Runner Interference

Rule 5.09 (a) (11): Retiring the Batter The Mariners and Red Sox played at Safeco Field on August 1, 2016. In the bottom of the sixth, Shawn O’Malley dribbled a ground ball in front of the plate. Sox catcher Sandy Leon threw to first baseman Hanley Ramirez. The throw hit off O’Malley, who advanced to third […]

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Baez Baseline

The Giants hosted the Cubs on May 22, 2016. The Cubs’ Javy Baez led off the top of the eighth inning with a slow roller to first baseman Brandon Belt, who fielded the ball and tried to tag Baez and missed. But first base umpire Dana DeMuth called Baez out for running out of the […]

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Assistance from the Dugout

Illegal Assistance from a Coach in the Dugout Coaches and players sitting in the dugout need to be aware of their rights and restrictions when assisting a player who catches and carries a ball into the dugout or an area near the dugout. To prevent a fielder from falling, any player or coach sitting in […]

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2015 Inciarte Baseline Call

In my opinion, first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt made a questionable baseline violation call in the top of the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Of course, having the advantage of watching the slo-mo replay certainly helped me in formulating my opinion. With two outs and a runner on […]

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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.