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Marlins Brewers Pitched Ball Lodged in Padding, Runner Awarded 1B

Topics: Base Awards, Lodged Ball

The Marlins hosted the Brewers on May 15th.  In the bottom of the eighth, Brian Anderson was batting with two outs and facing Aaron Ashby. He struck out and the ball got by catcher Omar Narváez.  The Brewers’ catcher retrieved the ball that was under the padding near the backstop. He appeared to have no…

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Luis Castillo “No-Step Balk”

Topics: Balk, Base Awards, Pitcher, Pitcher Pick-offs
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Runner Not Out When Hit By Batted Ball

Topics: Base Awards, Batted Ball, Expert Analysis, Fielding

We all know that a runner is ruled out when they are hit by a batted ball, but are there any situations where a runner might not be ruled out? Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh breakdown a unique situation where a batter could be ruled out in a simple and easy to…

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Runner hit by batted ball…..is the runner always out?

Topics: Base Awards, Deflected Ball, Expert Analysis, Placing Runners, Runner Interference, Runners

When a runner is hit by a batted ball, he is not always out. Umpires must assess the situation and apply the proper rule. The most common form of this violation is when a runner is struck by a batted ball in front an infielder and impedes him from making a play.  The runner is…

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Failing to Return to First Base

Topics: Base, Base Awards, Expert Analysis, Rules Controversy

The Orioles and A’s played in Oakland on April 21. In the top of the fourth inning Trey Mancini reached first base on an error. Once he got beyond first base, he collected himself, and turning his body toward second base he made a hop step. Walking back to the bag along the first-base line,…

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Type 2 Obstruction – Here’s What You need to Know

Topics: Appeal, Base Awards, Batter Runner, Expert Analysis, Famous Plays, Fielding, Interference, Obstruction, Rules Controversy, Runners Lane

Type 2 Obstruction (Ball Remains in Play) Under Type 2 obstruction, there is no play being directly made on the obstructed runner at the time of the obstruction. The ball is normally a long distance from the act of obstruction.  The umpire signals the obstruction by pointing to the obstruction and yelling “That’s obstruction.” This…

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All About Obstruction…it Happened in the Major Leagues Again!

Topics: Base Awards, Batter Runner, Definitions, Obstruction, Placing Runners, Runners, Runners Lane

Obstruction Definition Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball or a throw, 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…

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What Happens When a Batter/Runner Overruns First Base on Walk?

Topics: Base, Base Awards, Baseball Myths, Batter Runner, Uncategorized

A base on balls entitles the batter to go to first base. But is the batter, now a batter/runner permitted to overrun 1B like he can if he has a base hit? This is one of the most misunderstood rules in baseball. It is time you learned it once and for all. Chris Welsh and…

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Red Sox Outfielder Deflects Batted Ball Over the Wall

Topics: Base Awards, Deflected Ball, Uncategorized

The Rays and Red Sox played Game Three of the ALDS at Fenway October 10, 2021. In the top of the 13th with the score tied 4-4, the Rays had Yandy Diaz on first base and two outs when Kevin Kiermaier ripped one to deep right-center. The drive hit the wall on the fly, then…

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MLB Batter Leans into Pitch and Wins the Game

Topics: Base Awards, Batter, Hit By Pitch, Uncategorized

A controversial ending gave the New York Mets a win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The game was tied in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and one out. Anthony Bass appeared to strike out Michael Conforto looking but home plate umpire Ron Kulpa ruled the baseball…

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