Ben Zobrist Tag Archive

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Infield Fly Rule Confusion by Fielder and Umpire

Confusion over the Infield Fly Rule occurred on August 22, 2017, when the Angels hosted the Rangers. In the bottom of the fourth, the Angels had Mike Trout on first and Kaleb Cowart on second and one out when Albert Pujols hit a pop fly in front of the pitcher’s mound. The umpires invoked the […]

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Runner Ducks Under Tag

A “Time Play” occurred on May 1, 2016 that was kept alive by clever running by a runner going to second base which created time for a preceding runner to score. The play occurred at Wrigley Field where the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves played. This one affected the outcome of the game since the […]

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Dealing with the DH: Two Case Studies on Waiting

What should a manager do when he notices that the opposing lineup card does not have a DH listed? If the umpire observes the error during the lineup card exchange, he can correct the problem. If not, the manager of the team who submitted a proper lineup card needs to have patience and remain mute […]

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Avoiding a Tag by Falling to the Ground

When possible, a runner should never avoid a tag by going laterally (horizontally) to his right or left. By doing so, he is restricting himself to the 3-foot baseline rule. When possible it’s best to fall to the ground or backpedal when avoiding a tag. This buys time for all runners, including himself. Let’s see […]

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Batter-Catcher Interference

Batter Interference Whenever the batter interferes following a strikeout and the catcher is attempting to make a play on a runner, the runner being played on is called out as well. Plate umpire Jim Wolff called Ben Zobrist out for batter interference in the top of the first inning of Game Four of the 2015 […]

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How to Avoid the Tag

The Cubs hosted the Phillies on May 29, 2016. In the top of the fourth, the Phils had Fred Galvis on third and Maikel Franco on first with one out when Tommy Joseph hit a ground ball to second baseman Ben Zobrist. To avoid Zobrist, Franco ran right, 90 degrees away from Zobrist, and was […]