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Spring Training 2020 Rules Test

  Below are 10 True and False questions. To qualify as a full time Major League umpire, you must get all 10 correct. A score of 9 correct answers places you in Triple-A with the possibility of being a replacement for vacationing MLB umpires. A score of 7-8 proper answers places you in Double-A, while […]

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CHEAP STEAL OR A FREE BASE?

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 happen if Culberson […]

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IF THE ASTROS CHEATING SCANDAL HAPPENED IN HIGH SCHOOL

As the fallout from the Houston Astro’s cheating scandal continues, one can wonder what effect, if any, will this have on amateur baseball at the high school level. This spring all over the country teams will take the field aiming for the same goal, to win a state championship. Part of what makes high school […]

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Pitcher Must Notify Umpires to use Full Windup with Runners on Base

The Cubs hosted the Reds at Wrigley Field, September 17, 2019. With Sonny Gray on the mound, the bottom of the second inning began with a walk to Victor Caratini. Gray, pitching from the stretch position, retired the next two batters. Then, on his first pitch to Yu Darvish, Gray went to his full windup […]

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Derek Dietrich’s Bat Touches Live Ball. Reds Receive Gift Run!

The Mariners edged the Reds 5 – 3 on September 11, 2019, but needed 28 outs to get the job done. With bases loaded and two outs, pinch hitter, Derek Dietrich, tried to check his swing on an 0-2 count. Home plate umpire, John Libka pointed down to third base umpire, Paul Nauert, to get […]

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MLB Outfielder Drops Glove After Catch. Is it Still a Catch?

The  Astros and Brewers  played at Miller Park on Tuesday, September 4, 2019,  when Astros’ center fielder George Springer made  a leaping catch to rob Ryan Braun and end the fifth inning. Springer backpedaled and reached up to make the catch on the fly ball before falling backward and landing on his back. As he […]

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3B Nice Catch Near Dugout Costs his Team a Run

Beware on Pop-ups Caught Near or in Dugout The Royals hosted the A’s in an afternoon game on August 30, 2019. In the top of the eight inning, with Royals runners on second and third and the Royals holding a one-run lead, A’s Corban Joseph lofted a high pop-up near the third base dugout. Royal’s […]

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Umpire Calls “Time” While Runner Sprints Toward Home

Umpires are allowed to call “Time” under many conditions. But when should an umpire be prohibited from calling “Time?” The top of the ninth inning of the Yankees-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday turned into one of the most bizarre half innings of the season as multiple rules surfaced on the same play. When […]

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Outfielder’s Throw is Deflected into Dead Ball Territory

Whenever a thrown, pitched, or batted ball is deflected into dead ball territory, umpires must be able to make the proper base award and coaches should be able to determine if the base award was proper. This can impact the outcome of a game. Thrown Ball Deflected into Dead Ball Territory Take what occurred when […]

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The George Brett Pine Tar Game was not the First Pine Tar Game

It was a steamy July day in New York and George Brett was on fire. He had just stroked a Goose Gossage four-seamer into the Yankee Stadium bleachers for a dramatic two out, ninth inning, home run that put the Royals up 5-4. The Yankees manager, Billy Martin, decided to protest the home run based […]