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MLB Umpire Manual Changes for 2019

Topics: Umpire, Umpire Manual Rules

CHANGES FOR 2019 IMPORTANT NOTES (1) The numbering of some interpretations has changed from last year’s edition due to the addition of new interpretations for 2019. (2) All Official Baseball Rule numbers in this section of the MLB Umpire Manual refer to the current (new as of 2015) Official Baseball Rule number. The following changes…

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2023 Batter, Catcher and Shift Regulations

Topics: Rules Changes

The Batter and Timing Regulations Question: What is defined as being alert to the pitcher with 8 seconds remaining on the clock? Answer: The batter must have both feet in the batter’s box, and facing the pitcher. He must have his eye on the pitcher and be in a position to quickly assess a hitting stance….

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The NFHS Runner’s Lane Rule: Umpire’s Guide

Topics: Baseline, Batter Runner, Runner Interference

This Special Report was written by Rick Roder, author of The Rules of Professional Baseball: A Comprehensive Reorganization and Clarification. Email Rick, rick@nullrulesofbaseball.com Baseball’s running lane rule got its day in the sun in Game 6 of the 2019 World Series. Plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled that Washington Senators’ batter-runner Trea Turner violated the rule…

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The George Brett Pine Tar Game was not the First Pine Tar Game

Topics: Batter, Ejection, protest, Umpire, Uncategorized

It was a steamy July day in New York and George Brett was on fire. He had just stroked a Goose Gossage four-seamer into the Yankee Stadium bleachers for a dramatic two out, ninth inning, home run that put the Royals up 5-4. The Yankees manager, Billy Martin, decided to protest the home run based…

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When a ball off the wall is really a home run.

Topics: Base Awards, Batted Ball, Batter, Placing Runners, Replay Review, Uncategorized

Play #1 After review, Kipnis’ Home Run becomes a triple The Tigers and Indians played in Cleveland on Friday, June 21, 2019. In the bottom of the eighth, the Indians had a runner on first base and no outs when Jason Kipnis hit a ball that was originally ruled a home run by second base…

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Is this Batter out of the Batter’s Box? Red Sox Manager Thinks So

Topics: Uncategorized

There is nothing like a 17-inning loss to get a manager’s emotions running hot. When the Red Sox and Twins played a 5-hour 45-minute marathon game, June 17, 2019, Red Sox manager, Alex Cora watched his team walked off by a game winning single by Max Kepler. But earlier in the 17th inning, Cora had…

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Broadcaster Rules Challenge #5 – The Rules Game Show

Topics: Video - Broadcaster Rules Challenge
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Rule of the Week: Switch-Pitchers

Topics: Blog, Pitcher

You probably know at least one left-handed person. One out of every ten people is left-handed…and only 1% of the population is truly ambidextrous. In the Major Leagues, however, the numbers are a little different: off the top of your head, you can probably name several leftys easily. After all, more than 25% of the…

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Umpire Interference

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The Twins and Padres played at Petco on July 30, 2022 when second base umpire Jerry Lane was called for umpire interference. In the bottom of the seventh, the Padres had CJ Abrams on second and one out when Jurickson Profar hit a shot that struck Lane who was positioned in front of the defense…

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NFHS Baseball Points of Emphasis – 2017

Topics: Blog

This article appears on the official NFHS website, nfhs.org By NFHS on November 22, 2016 The NFHS Baseball Rules Committee and the NFHS Board of Directors believe there are areas of the game of interscholastic baseball that need to be addressed and given special attention. These areas of concern are often cyclical, some areas need…

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