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September 2023 Rules Question and Answer

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Time Call / Base Awards QUESTION: The Marlins hosted the Dodgers on Sept. 7, 2023. In the top of the sixth, the Dodgers had Mookie Betts on first base and one out when Freddie Freeman facing George Soriano hit a fair ball down the right field line. The ball boy stationed along the line fielded…

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Rapid Fire Rules Questions with MLB Umpire Greg Gibson

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MLB umpire Greg Gibson joins Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh for a series of rapid fire rules questions to help you better understand the rules of baseball in a fun way.

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2022 Rules Questions with Rich Marazzi

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Restricted Baseline Running Home Question: When a runner is advancing home and avoiding a tag by a catcher, does the runner have a restricted baseline? Answer: Yes. Whenever a runner is avoiding a tag, or is in a rundown, he has a restricted baseline. It is a straight line to the base he is going to, and…

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2022 Rules Questions: September Edition

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Runner Obstructed During Rundown Question: See the above attachment before reading this play. In this situation, the runner going from second to third is obstructed during the rundown. I know this is a Type 1 obstruction because there was a play being directly made on the runner. The umpires awarded the obstructed runner third base…

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Pitching Regulations and New Timing Rules

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The 2023 Pitch Clock rules for Major League Baseball are as follows: 30-second timer will be used between batters… 20-second timer will be used between pitches with runners on base… 15-second timer will be used between pitches with no runners on base… The Field Timing Coordinator (FTC) will be in charge of the clock for multiple situations. Question:…

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What Do You Know? 9 Rules Questions from 2018

Topics: Base, Batter's Box, Catcher Interference, Dead Ball Area, Fair Territory, Foul Territory, Infield Fly, Pinch Hitter, Pitcher, Pitcher Pick-offs, Runner Interference, Uncategorized

1. There’s a runner on first, catcher’s interference is called and the batter safely makes it to first as a result of the play. If the runner on first (after safely reaching second base), makes an attempt for third base during the play and gets thrown out, does the offensive coach have the option to…

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Batter’s Box Rules

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The 40th Anniversary of the Pine Tar Game

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Today, marks the 40th anniversary of the historic Pine Tar Game when George Brett’s two-run homer off Yankees’ reliever “Goose” Gossage in the top of the ninth gave the Royals an “apparent” 5-4 lead but was nullified by the umpires because they ruled the amount of pine tar on Brett’s bat exceeded the legal 18-inch…

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IF THE ASTROS CHEATING SCANDAL HAPPENED IN HIGH SCHOOL

Topics: Latest News, NCAA, News, NFHS, Rules Controversy

  IF THE ASTROS CHEATING SCANDAL HAPPENED IN HIGH SCHOOL By Brady Hood and Rules Desk   As the fallout from the Houston Astro’s cheating scandal continues, one can wonder what effect, if any, will this have on amateur baseball at the high school level. This spring all over the country teams will take the…

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Pitch Clock Rules: What’s the Effect So Far?

Topics: Pitch Timer, Uncategorized

MLB has changed the game for the better with the new rules implemented in 2023. Here is the breakdown with details: click here: 2023 Rule Change Results Summary_Broadcaster Version (5.11.23) copyright Major League Baseball 2023 Rule Change Results Summary_Broadcaster Version (5.11.23)  

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