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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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Batter Interference Coaching Tips

When ruling on batter interference, the plate umpire must distinguish if the catcher’s throw was to prevent a stolen base or to pick-off a runner on a base. He must consider the following:                                            Throw to Prevent a Stolen Base Any movement that hinders the catcher’s play can constitute batter interference. This is true […]

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Holliday Interference?

Red Sox manager John Farrell protested the Red Sox 16-inning, 4-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Fenway Park. Here is what happened. In the top of the 11th inning, the Yankees had Matt Holliday at first base and no outs when Jacoby Ellsbury chopped a ball to first baseman Mitch Moreland, who […]

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The Flawed Sliding Rule

The Orioles and Red Sox played in Baltimore on April 21, 2017. In the bottom of the eighth, the O’s had Manny Machado on first base with no outs when Mark Trumbo bounced a ball to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox shortstop threw to Dustin Pedroia covering second. Pedroia had his back to the […]

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Complicated Play: Simultaneous Balk and Interference

If you have a balk, and in the running of the bases there is interference or obstruction, how is that handled? Infractions are all enforced with priority going in the order they happened. We had a good example play one time at Brinkman’s umpire school. We had one classroom rule: any play the students asked […]

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Runner Struck by Batted Ball Behind Infielder

The Twins beat the White Sox 8-5 at Target Field on September 1, 2016. In the top of the first, the White Sox had Tim Anderson on first base and one out when Melky Cabrera hit a shot that got by Twins’ first baseman Joe Mauer. The ball then struck Anderson who was behind Mauer […]

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Morgan – Type A Obstruction

Phils’ pitcher Adam Morgan was called for Type A obstruction in the September 16, 2016 game against the Marlins in Philadelphia. In the top of the fifth, Dee Gordon led off the inning with a ground ball to first baseman Ryan Howard. Morgan headed toward first to take the throw but Howard took the play […]

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Type A Obstruction Not Called

The Rays hosted the Jays on May 1, 2016. In the top of the ninth, the Jays had Kevin Pillar on first base and one out when Ryan Webb made a pick throw to first base that hung up Pillar, forcing a rundown. In the 1-3-6-1-4 rundown Pillar and Webb collided after Webb threw to […]

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Play Follows Balk: Umps Misinterpret Rule

The following situation occurred in the Mickey Mantle World Series in Waterbury, Conn., on July 27, 2016, and it could very well happen in a MLB game. The series is sanctioned by the American Amateur Baseball Congress that plays under Pro rules. The Connecticut Outlaws were facing FTB Arecibo, the entry from Puerto Rico. The Outlaws […]

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Torreyes Obstruction 2016

Type A Obstruction The Yankees and White Sox played on July 5, 2016 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Yanks had Brett Gardner on second base in the top of the ninth with no outs when Ronald Torreyes hit a high chopper toward first base. White Sox pitcher Michael Ynoa ran toward the ball to make […]