Obstruction

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Obstruction vs. Interference: What’s the Difference?

Topics: Interference, Obstruction
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Drop a Knee – When Can a Fielder Block a Base?

Topics: Obstruction, Runners, tag attempt, Uncategorized

You see it all the time, a stolen base attempt, the fielder gets to the base before the runner then drops his knee, foot or leg in front of the base to keep the baserunner from touching the bag. Is this a legal play? What should coaches, players, umpires and fans know about the rule…

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The Runner’s Right of Way Rule….Did the Umpires Apply it Wrong?

Topics: Baseline, Fielding, Interference, Obstruction, Runner Interference

The Guardians hosted the White Sox on April 21. In the bottom of the seventh, the Guardians had Josh Naylor on second with no outs when Ernie Clement hit a chopper to Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. Naylor ran into Anderson as he was attempting to field the ball and the ball came out of Anderson’s…

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Type 2 Obstruction – Here’s What You need to Know

Topics: Appeal, Base Awards, Batter Runner, Expert Analysis, Famous Plays, Fielding, Interference, Obstruction, Rules Controversy, Runners Lane

Type 2 Obstruction (Ball Remains in Play) Under Type 2 obstruction, there is no play being directly made on the obstructed runner at the time of the obstruction. The ball is normally a long distance from the act of obstruction.  The umpire signals the obstruction by pointing to the obstruction and yelling “That’s obstruction.” This…

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All About Obstruction…it Happened in the Major Leagues Again!

Topics: Base Awards, Batter Runner, Definitions, Obstruction, Placing Runners, Runners, Runners Lane

Obstruction Definition Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball or a throw, impedes the progress of any runner. Contact does not have to be made for the umpire to rule obstruction. There are two types of obstruction Type…

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Controversial Obstruction Call has Manager and Coaches Scratching their Heads

Topics: Obstruction, Uncategorized

The Brewers hosted the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon. In the top of the second inning, the Marlins had Corey Dickerson on third and Jon Berti on first and one out when Isan Diaz hit a slow roller to the mound that was fielded Zack Godley. The Brewers’ pitcher then flipped the ball to first baseman…

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Rich Marazzi Mailbag June 2020

Topics: Balk, Batted Ball, Obstruction, Placing Runners, Runner Interference

Q. With the minimum three batter rule scheduled to go into effect this year, if the substitute pitcher comes in the game with one out and gets the next batter to hit into a double play, he does not have to pitch the following inning. But if the manager sends him out for the next…

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Can a Fielder Block a Base?

Topics: Base, Definitions, Obstruction, Runners

In the July 24 Blue Jays-Mariners game in Seattle, Jays catcher Dioner Navarro picked off Brad Miller at third base. There was some question whether or not Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson obstructed the runner’s path to the base. If you view the play, you will notice that Donaldson blocked the base with his knee…

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Obstruction? Interference? Nothing? You make the call!

Topics: Baseline, Batted Ball, Deflected Ball, Fielding, Interference, Obstruction, Official Baseball Rules, Placing Runners, Runner Interference, Umpire Manual Rules, Video - Fielder, Video - Runner
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