Baseline

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What Happened to the Baseline?

Topics: Baseline, Expert Analysis

Major League Baseball rules have changed and there is no such thing as a “baseline” anymore. Major League Umpire, Greg Gibson and Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Chris Welsh explain how the rule is now about the runners “basepath” in a simple and easy to follow video.

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Is it Legal for a Baserunner to Block the Throwing Lane?

Topics: Baseline, Fielding, Interference, Pitcher Pick-offs
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The Runner’s Right of Way Rule….Did the Umpires Apply it Wrong?

Topics: Baseline, Fielding, Interference, Obstruction, Runner Interference

The Guardians hosted the White Sox on April 21. In the bottom of the seventh, the Guardians had Josh Naylor on second with no outs when Ernie Clement hit a chopper to Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. Naylor ran into Anderson as he was attempting to field the ball and the ball came out of Anderson’s…

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Doubled Up, but is the Runner Out of the Base Path?

Topics: Baseline, Runners
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AAA Bases are Larger and Closer in 2021

Topics: Base, Baseline, Definitions, Rules Changes

In an effort to reduce injuries and add offense to the game, MLB has changed the bases in the minor leagues at AAA level. The new bases are flatter (by 1 1/2 inches) and larger (by 3 inches) than the existing bases.   The baseline from home to 1B is measured from the back tip…

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Catcher’s Interference: A Potential Game-Changing Decision for a Manager

Topics: Appeal, Base, Base Awards, Baseline, Batter, Batter Interference, Catcher Interference, Coach, Expert Analysis, Interference, Manager, Official Baseball Rules, Placing Runners, protest, Quick Pitch, Rules Controversy, Umpire, Uncategorized

Perhaps the most impactful catcher’s interference call of the 2020 season occurred in the deciding game of the White Sox vs. A’s series in Oakland. With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, Tommy La Stella was batting for the A’s with Sean Murphy on first base and two outs when La…

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How a Smart Baserunner Can Exploit the Basepath Rules

Topics: Baseline, Runner Interference, Runners, Uncategorized

In the game of baseball, as in all major sports, coaches instruct their players to take what the defense gives them. Conversely, it would be a good idea for defensive players to take what the offense gives them. Let’s look at the following play. The Cardinals and Pirates played two games on Sept. 18 at…

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Baserunning Tactic: Falling to the Ground, Effective and Legal

Topics: Baseline, Runner Interference, Runners

Although it sounds ridiculous, falling to the ground can be an effective tactic in your running game. Take the following play. The Yankees and Phillies played at Citizens Bank on Aug. 6. In the bottom of the third, the Phils had a 3-2 lead. Andrew McCutchen led off the inning with a base hit before…

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The NFHS Runner’s Lane Rule: Umpire’s Guide

Topics: Baseline, Batter Runner, Runner Interference

This Special Report was written by Rick Roder, author of The Rules of Professional Baseball: A Comprehensive Reorganization and Clarification. Email Rick, rick@nullrulesofbaseball.com Baseball’s running lane rule got its day in the sun in Game 6 of the 2019 World Series. Plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled that Washington Senators’ batter-runner Trea Turner violated the rule…

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Trea Turner World Series Runner’s Lane Interference

Topics: Baseline, Runner Interference, Runners Lane
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