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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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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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Balk Call Reversed

On Friday night, June 3, 2016, the Red Sox had Dustin Pedroia at bat with an 0-2 count and Blake Swihart on first base in the bottom of the ninth with two outs trailing 5-2 when Jays’ closer Roberto Osuna, in his set position, stepped toward first without throwing the ball. It appeared to be […]

Official Rules of Major League Baseball

6.02 (a) (8.05) Balks

6.02 (a) (8.05) Balks If there is a runner, or runners, it is a balk when: (1)  The pitcher, while touching his plate, makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch and fails to make such delivery; Rule 6.02(a)(1) Comment (Rule 8.05(a) Comment): If a left-handed or right-handed pitcher swings his free foot past the […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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51. THROWING TO AN UNOCCUPIED BASE

51. THROWING TO AN UNOCCUPIED BASE Rule 6.02(a)(4) [former Rule 8.05(d)]: Official Baseball Rule 6.02(a)(4) [former OBR 8.05(d)] provides that the pitcher be charged with a balk if, while in contact with the pitcher’s plate, he throws to an unoccupied base except for the purpose of making a play. EXAMPLES: (1) Runners on first and […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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50. STEPPING TO A BASE

50. STEPPING TO A BASE Rule 6.02(a)(3) [former Rule 8.05(c)]: The pitcher, while touching the rubber, must step directly toward a base before throwing to that base. If a pitcher turns or spins off his free foot without actually stepping, it is a balk. In stepping to a base, the pitcher must lift his entire […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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49. PENALTY FOR BALK

49. PENALTY FOR BALK Rule 6.02(a) [former Rule 8.05]: Under Official Baseball Rule 6.02(a) [former OBR 8.05], the penalty for a balk shall be: The ball is dead (when play stops), and each runner shall advance one base without liability to be put out unless the batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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47. CALLING “TIME” AFTER A BALK

47. CALLING “TIME” AFTER A BALK Rule 6.02(a) [former Rule 8.05]: The penalty for balk allows the play to proceed without reference to the balk if the batter and all runners advance one base on the pitch following the balk (i.e., the actual pitch and/or action caused by the batter hitting the ball). The umpire […]

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Quick Pitch: Illegal and Dangerous

Things got hot in Philadelphia this past Tuesday night after the Mets’ Hansel Robles “quick pitched” Darin Ruf of the Phillies. Insider Observations: Per rule 6.02 (a) (5), a quick pitch is an illegal pitch. “Umpires will judge a quick pitch as one delivered before the batter is reasonably set in the batter’s box. With […]