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Batter Attempts to Help Catcher But is Called Out!

Carlos Correa was batting at Minute Maid Park on April 23, 2019, when the Astros hosted the Twins.  It was the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and second and two outs when a Tyler Duffy pitch bounced in the dirt. The ball then caromed off catcher Mitch Garver and skipped toward the […]

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Best (Legal) Way to Break Up a Double Play

I have advocated in my spring training presentations that the pop-up slide is an excellent technique to help break up the double play at second base in a force situation. Because of the 2016 sliding regulations under rule 6.01 (j), runners obviously do not have the liberal opportunity they had in the past when breaking […]

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MLB Postseason Riddled with Rules Controversies

Why Didn’t Dusty Baker Protest Follow-Through Interference? Did Yankees Gary Sanchez Violate a Rule on the Final Out of the Game? Was that Interference on Carlos Correa that Allowed the Winning Run to Score?   Expert Rules Analysis Here CONTROVERSY #1 In the most important game played by the Nationals all year long could the […]

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Runner on First Attempts to Go to Second Base on Dropped Third Strike

When a batter strikes out on a dropped third strike and first base is occupied with less than two outs, the batter is automatically out. The rule is a close cousin of the Infield Fly rule. It is designed to protect the runners. Without the rule, a catcher could intentionally drop a third strike and […]

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2016 Bregman Obstruction

Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, 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 A and Type B. Type […]

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Hamels Incorrectly Called for Balk (2015)

It appears that the umpires, broadcasters and opposing manager all dropped the ball regarding an appeal play situation that occurred in the top of the fifth inning of the Astros-Rangers game played on September 14, 2015. Here is what happened. Jake Marisnick doubled with one out. While rounding first base, he stumbled, touching the base […]

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Neighborhood Play

The Yankees and Indians played in New York on August 22, 2016. With runners at the corners and one out in the third inning, Michael Brantley chopped into a 3-6 fielder’s choice. On the play, the throw from Yankees’ first baseman Greg Bird appeared to force Yankees’ shortstop Didi Gregorius off the bag at second […]

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First Basemen Should Keep Force Alive

How should the first baseman react in the following situation? Let’s say there’s a runner (R1) on first base and no outs when the batter hits a line drive that is trapped by the shortstop or a fly ball is dropped by an infielder and the ball remains in play because the umpires do not […]