Interference Category Archive

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 […]

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Complicated Play: Simultaneous Balk and Interference

If you have a balk, and in the running of the bases there is interference or obstruction, how is that handled? Infractions are all enforced with priority going in the order they happened. We had a good example play one time at Brinkman’s umpire school. We had one classroom rule: any play the students asked […]

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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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Rights and Restrictions of the Batter

On April 16, the Reds-Cardinals game ended on an interference call when the Cards’, Aledmys Díaz popped up almost directly above home plate and interfered with Reds’ catcher Devin Mesoraco while he was tracking the ball. Díaz, who remained in the plate area instead of running to first base, was bumped by Mesoraco as the […]