improperly declared Infield fly

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    Mooch
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    2176
    2nd and 3rd, no outs. B1 pops up to the 2nd baseman. Umpires declare infield fly. Pop up qualified as fly, was not a bunt or line drive.  Ruling for MLB and NFHS.
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      tenduramax2
      Participant
      1010
      From a rule standpoint there would be nothing to fix since it would be impossible to invoke the rule in the first place. The ball is live and treated just like any other fly ball and whatever happens on the play stands.
      Greg Spencer
      Participant
      1160
      The questions would only arise if the ball was not caught. If the defense does not retire the batter at first base he will be safe (and I will have to eat it with the defensive coach).
      Chris Welsh
      Keymaster
      1621
      This is from Jaska/Roder “The Rules of Professional Baseball.”

      If an infield fly is improperly declared due to the lack of conditions in 3(a) above or because the batted ball was a bunt (aspects of the rule not requiring umpire judgment), the batter is not out. Both teams are required to know that the fly was not an infield fly, even though it was declared as such. The declared infield fly is nullified due to the impossibility of its existence, and the play stands.

       

      A fly ball that meets all the requirements for an infield fly, but is not declared as such, is not an infield fly. Resulting action is allowed; however, the umpires should not allow a double play that the infield fly rule was intended to prevent. [NFHS 10.2.3g] [NCAA 2-48]

       

      Greg Spencer
      Participant
      1160

      Chris Welsh:

      A fly ball that meets all the requirements for an infield fly, but is not declared as such, is not an infield fly. Resulting action is allowed; however, the umpires should not allow a double play that the infield fly rule was intended to prevent. [NFHS 10.2.3g] [NCAA 2-48]

      Chris, I’m not sure exactly what that last sentence is saying.
      The NFHS rulebook and casebook say that even if the umpire fails to signify IFF it’s still IFF it it meets the requirements. We don’t make any adjustments to the rule just because we failed to signal.

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