LINEUP CARDS FROM SUSPENDED GAMES
In a suspended game, the plate umpire must make notation on the lineup cards of the exact situation the moment play was suspended. Included should be the following information: Inning; score; outs; runners on base (by name); batter; count on the batter; defensive player due to bat first the next inning; number of trips to the mound (if any) the defensive team has made during the uncompleted inning; whether or not warnings had been issued in the game; and who, if any personnel, had been ejected from the game. Any other violations or irregularities that occurred during the game should be reported to the Umpiring Department by telephone.
The plate umpire of the game that is suspended shall retain the lineup cards of the two clubs if the suspended game is to be played in the same series. When the suspended game is resumed, the Crew Chief shall determine who will work the plate for the completion of the game (it may or may not be the same umpire who worked the plate when the game was suspended).
The plate umpire for the resumption of the game shall take the umpire’s copy of the batting order to the plate when the suspended game is resumed, ask both managers to provide their copies of the batting orders, and be certain that the names of all players substituted for in the lineup shall be written on each manager’s batting order card. A manager desiring to make eligible substitutions shall so notify the umpire at this time. The umpire shall then advise the managers of the official lineups under which the game will resume, including giving the names of the first batter to bat for the defensive team.
The game should not start unless the proper players are in the lineup. (It must be remembered that the manager has the right at the time play is resumed to substitute players in the lineup that have not participated in the previously played portion of the suspended game.) The umpires do not have the responsibility of checking players inserted into the lineup after the suspended game is in progress. Once the suspended game is resumed, the manager is responsible for ensuring that players are not inserted into the lineup if they are not eligible to participate in the resumed portion of the suspended game. If there is any dispute as to the lineup and batting order, the official scorer shall be consulted.
In the event the suspended game is not continued in the same series, the Crew Chief shall forward the batting order cards of both clubs to the Office of the Commissioner, along with the following information: Score and inning of the game at the time of suspension; number of outs; names of runners and what base each was on; name of proper batter and ball and strike count; the name of the proper first batter for the defensive team; the number of trips made to the mound by the defensive club (if any) during the uncompleted inning; whether or not warnings had been issued in the game; who, if any personnel, had been ejected from the game; and any other pertinent information. Any other violations or irregularities that occurred during the game should be reported to the Umpiring Department by telephone. As a safeguard it is suggested that the Crew Chief photocopy the lineup cards and retain the copy prior to forwarding the originals to the Office of the Commissioner.
See also Official Baseball Rule 7.02(c).