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Batter-Runner Interference

From this corner, the batter-runner interference rule 5.09 (a) (11) is the most inconsistently applied rule in the game of baseball. The rule as written is intended to protect the fielder “taking the throw” at first base. Ironically, the way the rule is carried out places the fielder who is taking the throw at first […]

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Bizarre Play – Passing Runners, Abandonment, or Obstruction?

Perhaps the most bizarre play of the 2015 season occurred at Citi Field on Wednesday night (July 1) where the Mets hosted the Cubs. And in my opinion the umpires did not invoke the proper penalty. From this corner the Mets caught a break. The Mets were batting in the bottom of the eighth with […]

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Runners Retouch Base

Just 11 days after Bryce Harper was called out on appeal for failure to retouch second base on his way back to first base, two runners on May 2 were victims of rule 7.10 (b)-Ichiro Suzuki (Marlins) and Anthony Gose (Tigers). In the bottom of the second inning of the Phils-Marlins game in Miami, the […]

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Rundown Play – Collision at Home Plate Rule

The Reds hosted the Royals on Aug. 18 in a 13-inning contest won by the Royals, 3-1. In the top of the ninth the Royals had Lorenzo Cain on third with Sal Perez at bat and one out. Perez hit a ground ball to second baseman Brandon Phillips who threw to third baseman Todd Frazier […]

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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 […]

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Runner Touched by Batted Ball

The Rangers and Red Sox played at Fenway Park on Thursday night (May 21). In the bottom of the fifth, the Sox had Xander Bogaerts on first base and one out when Daniel Nava hit a sharp ground ball between first and second on a hit and run play. Rangers’ second baseman Adam Rosales vacated […]

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Two Runners on Same Base

The Pirates hosted the Braves on June 26 when the following play occurred that was reported to mlb.com by Adam Berry. “Gregory Polanco was on first base, and Jordy Mercer stood at second. Chris Stewart knocked a ground ball deep into the hole, but Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons stopped it, got up and fired to […]

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Trail Runner Passing Lead Runner & Two Runners on Same Base

Perhaps the most bizarre play of the 2015 season occurred at Citi Field on Wednesday night (July 1) where the Mets hosted the Cubs. And in my opinion the umpires did not invoke the proper penalty. From this corner the Mets caught a break. The Mets were batting in the bottom of the eighth with […]