Runners

Expert Analysis

The Rules after a Dropped Third Strike

Topics: Expert Analysis, Runners

What happens after a dropped third strike if the runner starts heading back to the dugout? How far can the batter go before he would be called out if one of his teammates tells him to start running toward first base? Where is the line of demarcation? Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh…

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Did Bobby Witt Jr. Overslide? Or Was He Pushed Off the Bag?

Topics: Expert Analysis, Runners

The Royals hosted the Yankees on April 29, 2022,  when an explosive argument developed in the second inning that led to Royals’ manager Mike Matheny’s ejection. Here’s what happened. Bobby Witt Jr. was on second base with one out when he tried to get and early jump and steal third. Nestor Cortes who was on…

Expert Analysis

Runner hit by batted ball…..is the runner always out?

Topics: Base Awards, Deflected Ball, Expert Analysis, Placing Runners, Runner Interference, Runners

When a runner is hit by a batted ball, he is not always out. Umpires must assess the situation and apply the proper rule. The most common form of this violation is when a runner is struck by a batted ball in front an infielder and impedes him from making a play.  The runner is…

Expert Analysis

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…

Expert Analysis

Overrunning First Base – What Can a Runner Do?

Topics: Baseball Myths, Batter Interference, Runners
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Expert Analysis

When a Runner Passes Another Runner

Topics: Batter Runner, Runners, Runners Passing Runners
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Expert Analysis

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…

Expert Analysis

Who Can Call Time Out?

Topics: Coach, Runners, tag attempt, Time Play, Umpire
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Expert Analysis

Runner Touched by Batted Ball While Standing on a Base

Topics: Batted Ball, Fair Territory, Runners
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Expert Analysis

Four Outs in an Inning? It Can Happen! Here’s how…

Topics: Runners, tag attempt, Time Play, Umpire
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