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The New MLB Intentional Walk Rule

Topics: Blog, Manager, Pitcher, Rules Changes

The new MLB intentional walk rule has had little effect on the overall length of major league games. It was not a particularly bold move, but it does represent a changing of the mindset of those decision makers to speed up the pace of play. The estimated time shaving is around 35 seconds per game….

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Special Update: Red Sox Protest Denied!

Topics: Blog, Interference, Rule of the Week, Rules Controversy, Umpire

MLB has rejected the Red Sox protest of the July 15 game against the Yankees. ICYMI: Review of the play To briefly review the situation (in case you missed it, see yesterday’s post, “Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Plays Out Again”): In the top of the 11th inning the Yankees had Matt Holliday at first base and…

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Toronto Manager Trades Out for Run, then A’s Protest Game

Topics: Replay Review, Umpire Manual Rules

It isn’t often that the manager of the offensive team will argue and request a replay challenge for the purpose of adding an out to his team while they are at bat. But thanks to the age of video replay and knowledge of the force out rule, former Toronto manager John Gibbons did that on…

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Umpire Got the Count Wrong, Now What?

Topics: Ball/Strike Count, Expert Analysis, Incorrect Ball/Strike Count, protest, Replay Review, Umpire, Umpire Manual Rules

The D’backs hosted the Dodgers on Sept. 10. In the top of the sixth inning, the Dodgers had Kike Hernandez on third and Austin Barnes on first with one out. Mookie Betts was at-bat with a 1-2 count. On the next pitch which was called a “Ball” by plate umpire Doug Eddings, the. Dodgers attempted…

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All About Obstruction…it Happened in the Major Leagues Again!

Topics: Base Awards, Batter Runner, Definitions, Obstruction, Placing Runners, Runners, Runners Lane

Obstruction Definition Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball or a throw, impedes the progress of any runner. Contact does not have to be made for the umpire to rule obstruction. There are two types of obstruction Type…

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2022 MLB Examples of Obstruction

Topics: Obstruction

The Nats hosted the Phils on June 17th in the second game of a doubleheader. The game won by the Phils 8-7, was marred with controversy that led to the ejection of Nats’ manager Dave Martinez. In the top of the 10th inning with the score tied 6-6, the Phillies had Kyle Schwarber on third…

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Backswing Interference

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Backswing interference is sometimes called “follow-through” interference. It is covered under rule 6.03 (a) (3) and (4) Comment.  The penalty is not as severe as your traditional or regular batter interference when the batter’s missed swing takes him into the throwing lane of the catcher. When that occurs, the batter is out unless the runner…

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Runner’s Lane Interference 5.09 (a) (11)

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The Rangers and Tigers played at Comerica Park on May 29, 2023.  In the top of the fifth inning the Rangers had Robbie Grossman on first base and one out when Bubba Thompson laid down a bunt that was fielded by Tigers’ pitcher Matthew Boyd who threw to first base. The throw hit Thompson and…

RulesLittle League

8.02 Pitcher Rules

The pitcher shall not – (a) (1) bring the pitching hand in contact with the mouth or lips while in the 10-foot circle (18-foot circle in Intermediate (50-70) Division/ Junior/ Senior/ Big League) surrounding the pitcher’s plate; EXCEPTION: Provided it is agreed to by both managers, the umpire, prior to the start of a game…

RulesNCAA

NCAA Appendix B Rules for Scoreboards, Video and Audio

Rules for Scoreboards, Video and Audio The following regulations apply to all NCAA Baseball games, regardless of stadium or venue: A. Scoreboards and video. 1. Scoreboards (and monitors) must not be used to “show up” an umpire or visiting team members, incite the crowd, or distract a player. The following situations may not be shown:…

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