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Hidden Ball Trick by Rich Marazzi

Topics: Runners, Uncategorized

 The Hidden Ball Trick in baseball has been around as long as peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack. Many runners have been caught napping over the years by clever thinking infielders who have used a variety of tactics to execute the ancient ruse.  Former shortstop Gene “Stick” Michael was one of the great hidden ball tricksters…

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What is Runner Abandonment?

Topics: Base, Runners, Runners Passing Runners

  Before getting to the plays in this report, it’s important to outline the two rules that the umpires had to reference in making their decision.     Runner Abandonment: Rule 5.09 (b) (1) and (2) Comment The rule reads, “If a runner leaves his base path and heads for his dugout or his position believing…

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Batter Goes Deep then Fight Breaks Out During HR Trot

Topics: Ejection, Interference, Placing Runners
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2022 Replay Review Rules

Topics: Replay Review, Rules Changes, Uncategorized

Umpires are Mic’d Up The crew chief will wear a mic this year. He will make announcements before and after the replay review on the stadium and broadcast microphone. He will explain who is requesting the review and what the review is covering. Here’s how it works: Manager challenges a call Umpire announces that the…

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Runner’s Lane Interference at 2022 College World Series Changes Everything

Topics: Runner Interference, Runners Lane

In the final game of the 2022 College World Series between Ole Miss and Oklahoma, a video replay enforced the penalty for the violation of runner’s lane interference.  With such a significant game on the line, it was touted as controversial, but applying the rule from the NCAA it is actually a very easy call….

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Reds’ Baserunning Blunder Causes Chaos Scoring the Play

Topics: Runners Passing Runners

The Orioles and Reds played at Great American Park on July 30th. In the bottom of the fifth, the Reds had Kyle Farmer on first base and one out when Nick Senzel hit a line drive that caromed off the left field wall into the hands of O’s left fielder Austin Hays. Farmer, thinking the…

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Five Rule Questions from the 2023 MLB Season

Topics: Expert Analysis

Schowalter Ejected on No Interference QUESTION: In a recent Mets-Reds game, Mets manager Buck Showalter, who seldom gets ejected, was banished for arguing a play at second base. Can you explain what happened? ANSWER: The Reds hosted the Mets on May 9, 2023. In the bottom of the fifth inning the Mets had Wil Myers…

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Bruce Bochy Knows the Rules!

Topics: Catcher, Dead Ball Area, Dugout, Latest News, Placing Runners, Placing Runners

Regarding throws from the infield that go out of play, umpires must determine if it the “first play” or “second play.”  By rule, when an infielder initially fields the ball, that is NOT A PLAY. The infielder’s “first play” is either: (1) a throw to a base (most common), (2) an attempted tag of a…

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Broadcaster Rules Challenge #5 – The Rules Game Show

Topics: Broadcaster Rules Challenge

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