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Lineup Snafu, Mets Bat Out of Order

Confusion reigned in the first inning yesterday, May 9, 2018,  at Great American Ball Park, where the Mets batted out of order in their game against the Reds. Before we look at what happened, a fundamental point of the rule is, when a batter bats out of order and it’s appealed, the batter who failed to bat […]

Academy Courses

Balk While Making Appeal

It is ideal to keep continuous action while making an appeal for a runner missing a base. But if time is called and the pitcher must start the appeal from the pitching rubber, he is not required to disengage from the rubber to throw the ball to the base. If the pitcher balks during the […]

Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

7.12 Following Runner

Unless two are out, the status of a following runner is not affected by a preceding runner’s failure to touch or retouch a base. If, upon appeal, the preceding runner is the third out, no runners following the preceding runner shall score. If such third out is the result of a force play, neither preceding […]

Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

6.07 Batting Out of Turn

(a) A batter shall be called out, on appeal, when failing to bat in his/ her proper turn, and another batter completes a time at bat in place of the proper batter. (1) The proper batter may take a position in the batter’s box at any time before the improper batter becomes a runner or […]

Insider Report

Baseball’s Confusing Safe Sign 

In the June 17, 2016 game between Seattle and Boston at Fenway Park, the Mariners’ Nelson Cruz avoided a tag at first base and missed the base. Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called the runner safe. As Cruz was returning to the base he was tagged by Hanley Ramirez, who wisely appealed that Cruz never touched the […]

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Player Fails to Touch Home Plate after Hitting Home Run

This one belongs in Ripley’s! On Sunday (July 26) the Delmarva Shorebirds, a Single A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles played the Augusta Greenjackets, a Single A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The Shorebirds trailed by one run in the top of the ninth when Elier Leyva hit what everybody thought was a go-ahead […]

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The Legend of Fred Merkle Lives On

The legend of Fred Merkle lives in on in yet another baserunning faux pas that affected the outcome of the game. This one occurred in a New York-Penn League Single-A matchup between the State College Spikes (St. Louis Cardinals) and the West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates) on Sunday. The Spikes were celebrating what appeared […]

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Play at the Plate – Timely Appeal

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected from Thursday night’s (July 2) 12-6 loss to the Red Sox following a disputed call at home plate that led to some confusion at Rogers Centre. Following is a report by Gregor Chisholm to MLB.com. My Ruleball comments will follow. “The play happened in the bottom of the […]