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Live Ball Carried into the Dugout by Player on Offensive Bench

The Brewers and D’backs played in Arizona on August 5, 2016 when the Brewers’ Orlando Arcia collected his first major league hit. After he singled to right field in the fourth inning off Braden Shipley knocking in Hernan Perez, D’backs second baseman Jean Segura fielded the throw to the infield. He then good-naturedly tossed it toward […]

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Umpires Allow a Pitching Substitution in Violation of Rule 5.10 (i)

Rule 5.10 (i) reads, “If a pitcher who is already in the game crosses the foul line on his way to take his place on the pitcher’s plate to start an inning, he shall pitch to the first batter until such batter is putout or reaches first base, unless the batter is substituted for, or […]

Official Rules of Major League Baseball

5.10 Substitutions and Pitching Changes (Including Visits to the Mound)

5.10 Substitutions and Pitching Changes (Including Visits to the Mound) (a)  (3.03) A player, or players, may be substituted during a game at any time the ball is dead. A substitute player shall bat in the replaced player’s position in the team’s batting order. (b)  (3.06) The manager shall immediately notify the umpire-in-chief of any […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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35. TRIPS TO THE MOUND

35. TRIPS TO THE MOUND Rule 5.10(L) [former Rule 8.06]: Note regarding translators: Standards and On-Field Operations Regula -tion 2-2 (Occupying the Bench) provides that a full-time interpreter is permitted to enter the playing field during a game to translate for a coach or manager on an official visit to the pitcher as well as […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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34. ON-DECK CIRCLE

34. ON-DECK CIRCLE Rule 5.10(k) [former Rule 3.17]: The next batter up must be in the on-deck circle, and this is the only player who should be there (i.e., not more than one player at a time).  No other player of the side at bat will be permitted on the field except the batter, base […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
(©MLB Umpire Manual)

33. PITCHER CHANGING DEFENSIVE POSITIONS

33. PITCHER CHANGING DEFENSIVE POSITIONS Rule 5.10(d) Comment [former Rule 3.03 Comment]: Under the Comment to Official Baseball Rule 5.10(d) [former 3.03 Comment], a pitcher may change to a defensive position other than pitcher only once an inning. In other words, a pitcher may change to another defensive position and then return to the mound […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
(©MLB Umpire Manual)

32. SIGNAL TO THE BULLPEN

32. SIGNAL TO THE BULLPEN Rules 5.10(b), 5.10(b) Comment [former Rule 3.06]: The manager must notify the umpiring crew that he is making a pitching change by clearly and unambiguously informing the home plate umpire of the pitcher who will be entering the game.  Additionally, the manager should be mind-ful to signal for a left-handed […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
(©MLB Umpire Manual)

31. MULTIPLE SUBSTITUTIONS AND DOUBLE-SWITCHES

31. MULTIPLE SUBSTITUTIONS AND DOUBLE-SWITCHES Rule 5.10(b) Comment [former Rules 3.03, 3.06]: When a manager makes two or more substitutions at the same time, the manager must, at the same moment, advise the plate umpire of the names of the substitutes, their defensive positions, and in what place each will hit in the batting order. […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
(©MLB Umpire Manual)

30. SUBSTITUTIONS

30. SUBSTITUTIONS Rule 5.10 [former Rule 3.03]: A player or players may be substituted during a game at any time the ball is dead. A substitution is completed and the player is considered as having entered the game when the manager or his designee notifies the plate umpire of the substitu-tion. If no such notification […]