The baseball rulebook clearly defines offensive interference as “act by the team at bat which interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders, or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play.” From the moment a ball is batted and a defender begins to make a play, that defender is granted “protection” until he is able to field it. Protection here doesn’t just apply to physical protection of the defender, but protecting his ability to make a defensive play more broadly. When considering all the different ways Offensive (or Batter) Interference can occur, it can be helpful to keep the notion of fielder’s protection in mind as is relates to “right of way.”
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