Runner Interference Category Archive

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Rizzo’s Controversial Slide at Home

For the second consecutive year, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo was involved in a controversial slide at the plate. Following is the report from MLB.com. In the eighth inning of the Cubs’ 7-0 win over the Pirates on Monday afternoon at PNC Park, a replay-review ruling on Anthony Rizzo’s hard slide into catcher Elias Diaz stood, resulting in […]

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Did Pitcher Throw at Runner for Interference Call?

The Reds and Indians played in Cleveland on May 23, 2017, when the Reds’ Zack Cozart was called for batter-runner interference. Cozart was clearly out of the runner’s box but did Indians’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco have a good throwing lane to first base? And even if he did, does it matter since Cozart was clearly […]

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Jason Heyward Called for Batter Runner Interference

Before we look at a couple of recent batter-runner interference plays, let’s review the provisions and “interpretations” that cover rule 5.09 (a) (11) and the 45-foot long, 3-foot wide runner’s box that has been around since 1881. Keep in mind that the rule is designed to protect the fielder “taking” the throw, not “making” the […]

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MLB Postseason Riddled with Rules Controversies

Why Didn’t Dusty Baker Protest Follow-Through Interference? Did Yankees Gary Sanchez Violate a Rule on the Final Out of the Game? Was that Interference on Carlos Correa that Allowed the Winning Run to Score?   Expert Rules Analysis Here CONTROVERSY #1 In the most important game played by the Nationals all year long could the […]

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Runner Continues to Run after Being Called Out

The following play occurred recently in the Class A California League between the Modesto Nuts and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. With the bases loaded and one out, the Quakes’ batter hit a ground ball over the third base bag that was fielded by the third baseman who stepped on third and threw in the dirt […]

Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

7.09 Interference

It is interference by a batter or runner when – (a) the batter hinders the catcher in an attempt to field the ball; (b) the batter intentionally deflects the course of a foul ball in any manner; (c) before two are out and a runner on third base, the batter hinders a fielder in making […]

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Runner Interference

Among ballplayers, the subject of who has the right of way is an eternal problem in the game of baseball. Simply stated, the runner must initially give way to the fielder whether the fielder is fielding a ground ball or a fly ball. If a runner or batter-runner interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses […]

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Slide Rule on Potential Double Plays

The new slide rule has been an expected source of controversy the first week of the season. And I expect it will continue for a time. The Nationals and Braves opened the season in Atlanta on April 4, 2016. With the scored tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Nick Markakis drew a leadoff walk. Hector […]

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Runner Who Just Scored Interferes with Play

An interesting example of the interference rule occurred on April 6, 2013, at Citi Field where the Mets hosted the Marlins. In this play it involved a runner who had just crossed the plate. The Marlins’ Juan Pierre ran into Mets’ catcher John Buck after he scored the tying run. In the top of the […]

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Retired Runner Causes Interference

  Runners need to be aware that when they are put out or score, they still have the responsibility of not interfering with a continuing play. Rule 6.01 (a) (5) reads, “It is interference by a batter or a runner when any batter or runner or who has just been put out, or any runner […]