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Catcher’s Interference: A Potential Game-Changing Decision for a Manager

Perhaps the most impactful catcher’s interference call of the 2020 season occurred in the deciding game of the White Sox vs. A’s series in Oakland. With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, Tommy La Stella was batting for the A’s with Sean Murphy on first base and two outs when La…

Umpire Got the Count Wrong, Now What?

The D’backs hosted the Dodgers on Sept. 10. In the top of the sixth inning, the Dodgers had Kike Hernandez on third and Austin Barnes on first with one out. Mookie Betts was at-bat with a 1-2 count. On the next pitch which was called a “Ball” by plate umpire Doug Eddings, the. Dodgers attempted…

MLB Umpire Manual

Reference(s) Topic Page 1. 3.03…………………………Jackets………………………………………………………………….1 2. 3.04…………………………Catcher’s Mitt ……………………………………………………….1 3. 3.04,3.05,3.06 ……………..Procedures for Measuring Fielding Gloves ………………1 4. 3.05…………………………First Baseman’s Mitt……………………………………………..1 5. 4.03…………………………Lineup Cards ………………………………………………………..2 6. 5.01(b),5.06(c)(7), 5.06(c)(7) Comment……….Ball Going Into Player’s Uniform ……………………………2 7. 5.02…………………………First Baseman Playing in Foul Territory…………………2 8. 5.04(b)(5),6.03(a)(1)……….Batter’s Position in Batter’s Box……………………………..3 9. 5.05(a) ……………………..Fly Ball Striking Top of Outfield…

MLB Umpire Manual Changes for 2019

CHANGES FOR 2019 IMPORTANT NOTES (1) The numbering of some interpretations has changed from last year’s edition due to the addition of new interpretations for 2019. (2) All Official Baseball Rule numbers in this section of the MLB Umpire Manual refer to the current (new as of 2015) Official Baseball Rule number. The following changes…

MLB UMPIRE MANUAL

CONTENTS I. On-Field Attitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 II. Medical, Conditioning, and Rehabilitation . ….

CHEAP STEAL OR A FREE BASE? 

By Brady Hood In 1948, Kansas City outfielder Leon Culberson ran to second when a pitch missed the catchers mitt and got lodged in home plate umpire Harry King’s mask. Ultimately the umpires got together and ruled that the ball was still in play and Culberson was credited with a stolen base. So what would…

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