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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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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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2016 Bregman Obstruction

Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner. Contact does not have to be made for the umpire to rule obstruction. There are two types of obstruction: Type A and Type B. Type […]

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Type B Obstruction

Type B Obstruction occurs when there is no play being directly made on the runner at the moment of the obstruction. The ball remains alive and in play and there is no automatic base award. The Rockies and Braves played at Coors Field on July 21 when the Type B obstruction rule came alive. In […]

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Obstruction

Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner. Contact does not have to be made for the umpire to rule obstruction. Also, intent is not a factor. It is the responsibility of the runner to avoid the fielder when the fielder is making a play on the ball. However, after a fielder has had a chance to field the ball or if the fielder is not in possession of the ball and is not about to receive a throw, it is the responsibility of the fielder to relinquish space to the runner because the runner has the right of way to a clear basepath.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball

6.01 (h) (7.06) Obstruction

6.01 (h) (7.06) Obstruction When obstruction occurs, the umpire shall call or signal “Obstruction.” (1) If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, or if the batter-runner is obstructed before he touches first base, the ball is dead and all runners shall advance, without liability to be put out, to the bases they would […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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46. OBSTRUCTION AND INTERFERENCE PLAYS— APPROVED RULINGS

Rules 6.01(h)(1), 6.01(h)(2), 6.01, 5.02(c) [former Rules 7.06(a) 7.06(b), 7.09, 4.03(c)]: (1) Runner on first base; batter-runner gets in rundown between home and first. Can obstruction be called going back to home? Ruling: No, unless the obstruction is intentional. NOTE: In situations where the batter-runner gets in a rundown between first and home, if the batter-runner retreats […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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45. BATTER-RUNNER OBSTRUCTED BEFORE

45. BATTER-RUNNER OBSTRUCTED BEFORE REACHING FIRST BASE Rule 6.01(h)(1) [former Rule 7.06(a)]: When the batter-runner is obstructed before reaching first base, it is not always the case that the batter-runner will be awarded first base on this type of obstruction. For example, if the batter-runner is obstructed before reaching first base on a fly ball […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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44. OBSTRUCTION MECHANIC

44. OBSTRUCTION MECHANIC Rule 6.01(h) [former Rule 7.06]: There are two types of obstruction and a different mechanic is used with each type. 1 The first type of obstruction (Official Baseball Rule 6.01(h)(1) [former OBR 7.06(a)]) deals with cases when the runner is obstructed WHILE a play is being made on such runner.  Examples of […]