Interference Category Archive

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Bat Boy, Ball Boy Interference

When a bat boy or ball boy interferes with a play, interference is only called if the interference is intentional. Because the bat boy is authorized to be on the playing field, as long as he or any authorized on field personnel attempts to avoid a fielder, there should be no call because interference in […]

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Special Update: Red Sox Protest Denied!

MLB has rejected the Red Sox protest of the July 15 game against the Yankees. ICYMI: Review of the play To briefly review the situation (in case you missed it, see yesterday’s post, “Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Plays Out Again”): In the top of the 11th inning the Yankees had Matt Holliday at first base and […]

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Holliday Interference?

Red Sox manager John Farrell protested the Red Sox 16-inning, 4-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Fenway Park. Here is what happened. In the top of the 11th inning, the Yankees had Matt Holliday at first base and no outs when Jacoby Ellsbury chopped a ball to first baseman Mitch Moreland, who […]

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Bat Interference

It is common to see a batter drop his bat in fair territory in the area in front of home plate. Usually this results in no further complication of the play. But when the dropped bat touches a batted ball, every umpire, coach and player should know the rule. Live batted ball A batter is […]

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Rule of the Week: Follow Through Interference

Pro rules have nary a reference to follow through interference. Instead, it is referred to as “back swing” interference. The golfing world knows the difference. Follow through vs. back swing The follow through is the continuing movement of the bat after the ball is struck or missed – the completion of the swinging motion. The […]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 7-4h

A strike is awarded if the batter attempts to create catcher’s interference. He is out if the interference is deliberate, immediate dead ball, base runners return to base occupied at TOP. [OBR Interpretation: If this occurs, the ball is dead and no runners can advance. If the swing hits the catcher, the batter is ejected […]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 2-55

The act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball, impedes the progress of a runner. [OBR Obstruction Definition: The act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of a runner.]

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Off Again, on Again

Runners on second and third bases, one out. Batter swings at strike three, ball goes to backstop, batter turns and walks toward his third base dugout. Everyone tells him to run and he stops about 15 feet from the plate area and turns and runs toward first. When running to first he crosses the home […]

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Interference/Obstruction Continuum

Chris Jaksa, my co-author of the Jaksa-Roder Manual and predecessor as rules instructor at the Brinkman Umpire School, taught me one thing that really helped me get interference and obstruction plays right. He called it the “Interference/Obstruction Continuum,” and I pass it along whenever I can. Chris was a serious intellectual, so the rest of […]