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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 […]

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Catcher’s Box

A catcher must stay in his position behind home plate and not interfere with a batter’s ability to swing at the pitch. Normally, on an intentional base on balls, the catcher stands with his glove or hand out and then jumps outside the plate area to catch the pitch. If the catcher moves to a position (usually over home plate) and interferes with a batter’s ability to offer at the pitch, it is interference on the catcher, dead ball, batter awarded 1B. This also commonly happens on a suicide squeeze play. Any runner stealing on the pitch is awarded the next base. Any runner not stealing on the pitch stays at his base unless forced to advance by the base award given to the batter runner.

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Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

4.00 Starting and Ending the Game

4.01 – The umpires shall proceed directly to home plate where they shall be met by the managers of the opposing teams, just preceding the established time to begin the game. In sequence- (a) The home team manager shall give the batting order in duplicate to the Umpire-in-Chief; (b) Next, the visiting manager shall give […]

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Catcher’s Interference

In the top of the eighth inning of the June 11 Padres-Braves game, the Padres had the bases loaded with two outs trailing 4-3 when Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt was called for “catcher’s interference” when his mitt came in contact with the bat of the Padres Cory Spangenberg allowing Will Myers to score from third. […]