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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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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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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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Runner Obstruction

On July 16, 2016, the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the Charlotte Stone Crabs played in Port Charlotte in a Florida State League game. Lakeland had a runner on first base and no outs when the batter hit a very shallow pop fly that was just over the head of the Stone Crabs’ first baseman. As […]

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Pop-up Bunt: Batter Interferes with Catcher

It is imperative for the players to understand the “Right of Way” both offensively and defensively. A thorough understanding of that will prevent many interference and obstruction calls during the season. The Marlins and Pirates met at PNC Park on August 19 when Marlins’ pitcher Tom Koehler was called out for interfering with Pirates’ catcher […]

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Protected Fielders and Batter Interference

Batter Interference Batters and runners need to understand when a fielder is “protected.” Simply stated, it means the batter or runner should “stay away” and “avoid” the fielder when he is making a play. This includes fly balls as well as ground balls. In general, I think runners are aware that they must avoid an […]

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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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Runner Who Just Scored Interferes with Play

An interesting example of the interference rule occurred on April 6, 2013, at Citi Field where the Mets hosted the Marlins. In this play it involved a runner who had just crossed the plate. The Marlins’ Juan Pierre ran into Mets’ catcher John Buck after he scored the tying run. In the top of the […]

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Retired Runner Causes Interference

  Runners need to be aware that when they are put out or score, they still have the responsibility of not interfering with a continuing play. Rule 6.01 (a) (5) reads, “It is interference by a batter or a runner when any batter or runner or who has just been put out, or any runner […]

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Avoiding the Tag

  The Orioles and Padres played at PetCo Park on June 29, 2016. The O’s were batting in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs when Chris Davis hit a slow roller along the first baseline between home and first. The ball was fielded near the line by Padres’ pitcher […]