RulesMLB Umpire Manual


Definitions of Terms: Regarding the definition of a touch, equipment intentionally placed somewhere by a player should be considered worn in its intended place. EXAMPLE: Batting gloves placed in a player’s back pocket are in the intended place on his person.


3.10 Taking Equipment From the Field

(a) Members of the offensive team shall carry all gloves and other equipment off the field and to the dugout while their team is at bat. No equipment shall be left lying on the field, either in fair or foul territory. (b) The use of any markers on the field that create a tangible reference…


3.09 Undue Commercialization

Playing equipment including but not limited to the bases, pitcher’s plate, baseball, bats, uniforms, catcher’s mitts, first baseman’s gloves, infielders’ and outfielders’ gloves and protective helmets, as detailed in the provisions of this rule, shall not contain any undue commercialization of the product. Designations by the manufacturer on any such equipment must be in good taste as to the size…

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