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Catch a Ball and Fall/Carry into Dead Ball Area

Perhaps Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo should be called “Catch and Carry Rizzo” because of his penchant for making catches before carrying the ball into dead ball territory. The Cubs and Brewers played at Wrigley Field on August 12. In the top of the sixth inning the Brewers had Jonathan Lucroy on first base and […]

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Game Ends in Appeal

Sunday’s Reds-D’Backs game in Arizona ended in controversy as it involved a rare double appeal to end the inning and a misinterpretation of the rules by the umpires. With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the tenth inning, the D’Backs had the bases loaded with one out when Chris Owings hit a shot […]

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Obstruction (Type A & Type B)

The Mariners turned their 11th triple play in franchise history in the fourth inning of the July 26 game against the Blue Jays and the play proved to be a rules clinic as multiple rules were involved. The 3-6-2 triple play was reportedly only the second such type triple play in baseball history. Leading, 4-3, […]

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Can a Fielder Block a Base?

In the July 24 Blue Jays-Mariners game in Seattle, Jays catcher Dioner Navarro picked off Brad Miller at third base. There was some question whether or not Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson obstructed the runner’s path to the base. If you view the play, you will notice that Donaldson blocked the base with his knee […]

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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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Hidden Ball Trick

The hidden ball trick has been around baseball as long as peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks. Well known players like Juan Uribe (Dodgers) and Matt Carpenter (Cardinals) have been victimized by the rule in recent years. Tigers’ shortstop Jose Iglesias tried to pull off the stunt in the bottom of the fifth inning in Kansas […]

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Obstruction Rule Revisited

The two different obstruction rules (Type A and Type B) came to life this past week. First a brief review of the obstruction rule: 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 […]

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When a Fielder Makes a Throw into a Dead Ball Area

Your typical base awards for runners on infielder overthrows that go into dead ball territory are two bases from their position at the time of the pitch. But don’t fall asleep. There are other base awards that emerge on infielder overthrows into DBT that depend on “first” and “second” plays in the infield. A rare […]

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Spectator Interference

When spectator interference occurs, the umpires have the authority to place the batter and the runners at any base they judge would have been made had there been no interference. It’s possible that the umpires will award two bases to one runner while awarding only one base to another runner or the batter. The umpires […]