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Hitter Leaving the Batter’s Box

Topics: Batter's Box, Expert Analysis

Major League Baseball has really attempted to speed up the game. One of the ways of doing that is keeping hitters in the batters box. Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh go through some of the delay tactics that hitters will use to get out of the box and explain what the umpire…

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What is the Runner’s Lane?

Topics: Batter Runner, Expert Analysis, Runners Lane

What exactly is the runner’s lane? Where does the runner’s lane start and end? When does the runner start being required to run within the runner’s lane? What happens if the runner doesn’t stay in the lane and interferences with the play? Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh breakdown these situations and explain…

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What Happens After a Runner Misses Home Plate?

Topics: Uncategorized

What happens and what is allowed after a runner misses home plate? What is the umpires reaction when this happens? What happens if the defense does not notice? What happens if the runner represented the winning run of the game? Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh breakdown these situations and explain this correct…

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How a Batter Can Be Called Out For Touching a Foul Ball

Topics: Batter Interference, Batter Runner, Foul Territory, Interference
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How a Smart Manager Could Earn a Run by Understanding Catcher’s Interference

Topics: Batted Ball, Catcher Interference, Expert Analysis, Interference, Manager

What exactly is catcher’s interference? What happens after catcher’s interference occurs…..is that ball dead? What happen if the ball is put in play? What if there is a sacrifice fly? Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh define catcher’s interference and explain how a smart manager could earn an extra run if they understand…

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What happens if a player walks up to the batters box unannounced?

Topics: Batter's Box, Coach, Dugout, Expert Analysis, Manager, Official Baseball Rules, Official Scorer, Rules Controversy

We have all seen pinch hitters enter the game where the standard protocol is followed: the manager comes out of the dugout and points out to the umpire that he has a new hitter entering the game, and the umpire points to the press box officially entering the player into the game. What happens if…

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Type 2 Obstruction – Here’s What You need to Know

Topics: Appeal, Base Awards, Batter Runner, Expert Analysis, Famous Plays, Fielding, Interference, Obstruction, Rules Controversy, Runners Lane

Type 2 Obstruction (Ball Remains in Play) Under Type 2 obstruction, there is no play being directly made on the obstructed runner at the time of the obstruction. The ball is normally a long distance from the act of obstruction.  The umpire signals the obstruction by pointing to the obstruction and yelling “That’s obstruction.” This…

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