Obstruction Category Archive

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Catcher’s Interference

On Sunday the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros played at Minute Maid.  In the bottom of the second, Tony Kemp was batting with the bases loaded and one out when Kemp’s swing made contact with the mitt of Royals’ catcher Drew Butera.  Plate umpire Lance Barrett ruled the ball dead because it was a […]

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Batter Interferes With Catcher’s Throw

Two Batter Interference plays that occurred six days apart are worth a look. Play Number 1 On August 31st the Astros hosted the Rangers at Tropicana Field in Florida because of Hurricane Harvey.  In the bottom of the first, the Astros had George Springer on first base and no outs when Alex Bregman swung through […]

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11 Rules Questions that Need Answering Now

If a manager wants to challenge multiple situations in the same play, what is the proper way to have the field umpires communicate this to the Command Center?   The manager should tell the field umpires the situations he wants challenged. It should be done in layers at the same time. Does a tag attempt […]

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Blue Jays Called for Obstruction, Manager Tossed

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected during the top of the eighth inning by umpire Vic Carapazza after Carapazza ruled a Type A obstruction on second baseman Devon Travis during a rundown with Franciso Lindor in the eighth inning of the Indians-Blue Jays game on May 8 in Toronto. Cleveland had runners on second […]

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Yankees Pitcher Charged for Type A Obstruction

The Yankees and White Sox played on July 5, 2016, at U.S. Cellular Field. The Yanks had Brett Gardner on second base in the top of the ninth with no outs when Ronald Torreyes hit a high chopper toward first base. White Sox pitcher Michael Ynoa ran toward the ball to make a play but […]

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When May a Fielder Block the Base?

With so many head-first sliding runners in baseball there are more fielders who will drop a knee in front of the base to keep the fielder from touching the bag. Here, however, we are not talking about the home plate collision rule. In this case, we are discussing a play at any base where the […]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 8-3e

If a runner is obstructed returning to a base which he missed, he is awarded the subsequent base (beyond his position at the time of the obstruction). [OBR 6.01h1: The award is one base beyond the base last legally touched.]

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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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 […]