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Obstruction vs. Interference: What’s the Difference?

Obstruction vs. Interference

In this video, MLB umpire Ted Barrett discusses the difference between two commonly confused rules: obstruction and interference. What happens when a runner collides with a shortstop fielding a ball? Who’s at fault when the fielder is drawn into the basepaths to make a play?

Watch as Barrett and Chris Welsh break down these subtle distinctions:


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