Catcher Category Archive

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WHEN A CATCHER DEFLECTS A PITCHED BALL

Catcher Deflections When a pitched ball caroms off the catcher and rolls into dead ball territory, the award for the runner/runners is one base from their position at the time the pitch was delivered unless the catcher kicks, pushes or deflects the ball into dead ball territory in which case the award becomes two bases […]

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MLB Postseason Riddled with Rules Controversies

Why Didn’t Dusty Baker Protest Follow-Through Interference? Did Yankees Gary Sanchez Violate a Rule on the Final Out of the Game? Was that Interference on Carlos Correa that Allowed the Winning Run to Score?   Expert Rules Analysis Here CONTROVERSY #1 In the most important game played by the Nationals all year long could the […]

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Something You Probably Don’t Know: The Difference Between a Foul Tip and Foul Ball

Most baseball fans incorrectly use the terms foul ball and foul tip interchangeably. For those who make this mistake, it might simply be a case of careless use of words… or it could be something more serious: a fuzzy understanding of basic baseball rules. So what is the main difference between a foul tip and […]

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Did a Veteran Player Forget This Basic Rule?

Runner on First Attempts to Go to Second Base on Dropped Third Strike When a batter strikes out on a dropped third strike and first base is occupied with less than two outs, the batter is automatically out. The rule is a close cousin of the Infield Fly rule. It is designed to protect the […]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 5-4a, 9-3i

The catcher must remain in the catcher’s box until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. Penalty: Ball/balk (Illegal Pitch). [OBR New Rule: An intentional walk can be awarded without any pitches delivered.]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 1-13a

The size of the catcher’s mitt is not limited. [OBR 3.04: Catcher’s mitt is limited to 38″ in circumference and 15 1/2″ from top to bottom.]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 1-3b

The catcher’s box is 4′ by 6′ measured from the back line of the batter’s box (about 30% larger than pro). [OBR 2.01 Appendices 1 & 2]: The box is 43″ by 8′ measured from the point of the plate.

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When Must the Batter Leave the Batter’s box?

Once a batter puts a pitch in play, he is no longer considered a batter; he is a runner. He has no right to linger around the batter’s box. But what about his rights to stay in the box on a wild pitch or passed ball? What if he misses the pitch on a suicide […]