When there is a collision between a runner and a fielder who is in clear possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge: If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or base line with clear possession of the ball, the runner may slide into to make contact with the fielder as long as the […]
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Interference and obstruction are similar but opposite. Interference refers to a violation against the offense. It occurs when an offensive player somehow impedes the defensive player’s ability to make a play on a ball. This usually means a player on the field, but since the rules state “an act by the team at bat,” interference […]
Phils’ pitcher Adam Morgan was called for Type A obstruction in the September 16, 2016 game against the Marlins in Philadelphia. In the top of the fifth, Dee Gordon led off the inning with a ground ball to first baseman Ryan Howard. Morgan headed toward first to take the throw but Howard took the play […]
There are several different ways that a runner can help to create a “Time Play.” With runners on second and third and two outs, the batter hits a ground ball to the third baseman or shortstop who fields the ball in front of the runner. The runner must allow the fielder to field the ball but […]
The Utley/Tejada play in Game Two of the 2015 NLDS played between the Mets and Dodgers has triggered a great deal of discussion that may result in a rules change involving force play slides. In my opinion, this is long overdue, as I have been critical of the current guidelines regarding force play slides fro […]
I often emphasize the importance of understanding who has the “right of way” both offensively and defensively. Perhaps the most controversial “right of way” play of the season occurred on July 8, 2016 when the Dodgers hosted the Padres.
The Orioles and Padres played at PetCo Park on June 29, 2016. The O’s were batting in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs when Chris Davis hit a slow roller along the first baseline between home and first. The ball was fielded near the line by Padres’ pitcher […]
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. Also, intent is not a factor. It is the responsibility of the runner to avoid the fielder when the fielder is making a play on the ball. However, after a fielder has had a chance to field the ball or if the fielder is not in possession of the ball and is not about to receive a throw, it is the responsibility of the fielder to relinquish space to the runner because the runner has the right of way to a clear basepath.