Official Rules of Major League Baseball

7.03 Forfeited Games

7.03 Forfeited Games (a) (4.15) A game may be forfeited to the opposing team when a team: (1)  Fails to appear upon the field, or being upon the field, refuses to start play within five minutes after the umpire-in-chief has called “Play” at the appointed hour for beginning the game, unless such delayed appearance is, […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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62. FORFEITED GAMES Rules 7.03, 8.03(a)(6) [former Rules 4.15, 9.04(a)(6)]: The Crew Chief shall telephone the Office of the Commissioner when any game has been forfeited and follow such telephone report immediately with a detailed written report. Before declaring a game forfeited, the plate umpire shall consult with the Crew Chief and may only declare […]