September 1, 2021

Did Yadier Molina Interfere by Waving his Hand?

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Did Yadier Molina Interfere by Waving his Hand?

Yadier Molina hits a dribbler near the 1B line. The pitcher comes to field the ball and throw home to force the runner from 3B at the plate. But while heading to 1B, Molina appears to wave his hand in an attempt to block or distract the fielder. Was this interference? It was not called as interference by the umpires. Did they miss the call?

If Molina was judged to interfere, he would have been called out and the runner advancing to home would have been called out, too.

 

6.01 Interference, Obstruction, and Catcher Collisions


(a) Batter or Runner Interference

It is interference by a batter or a runner when:

(7) If, in the judgment of the umpire, a batter-runner willfully and deliberately interferes with a batted ball or a fielder in the act of fielding a batted ball, with the obvious intent

to break up a double play, the ball is dead; the umpire shall call the batter-runner out for interference and shall call out the runner who had advanced closest to the home plate regardless where the double play might have been possible. In no event shall bases be run because of such interference (see Rule 6.01(j));

 

 

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