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Umpires Reverse Call on Missed Catch

Before the advent of the instant replay, one of the concerns that umpires had was: where to place multiple runners when a fielder traps the ball or doesn’t make a catch and the play is ruled a catch? The answer is, umpires have the authority to place the runners at the base/bases they would have […]

Official Rules of Major League Baseball

8.02 Appeal of Umpire Decisions

8.02 Appeal of Umpire Decisions (a) Any umpire’s decision which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out, is final. No player, manager, coach or substitute shall object to any […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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64. “VOLUNTARY STRIKE”

64. “VOLUNTARY STRIKE” Rule 8.02(c) Comment [former Rule 9.02(c) Comment]: In the situation where the third strike eludes the catcher on a half-swing and the batter-runner is entitled to run to first base, the appeal should be made to the base umpire instantly (without waiting for a request from the defense); but even if the […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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63. CHECK-SWING APPEALS

63. CHECK-SWING APPEALS Rule 8.02(c) [former Rule 9.02(c)]: The Comments to Official Baseball Rule 8.02(c) [former OBR 9.02(c) Com -ments] provide that the manager or catcher may request the plate umpire to ask a partner for help on a half-swing when the plate umpire calls the pitch a ball. The rule further states that appeals […]

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Manager Ejection for Arguing Replay Decision

Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister was ejected on Sunday, April 26, 2016 for arguing a call that had been reversed by instant replay when the Rangers and Angels met in Anaheim. Elvis Andrus, leading off the eighth inning, hit a foul ball down the right-field line that Kole Calhoun chased to the wall but couldn’t catch. […]