In very simple terms, “batters” become “batter-runners” when they have occasion to run to first base and “runners” when they successfully reach first base. Hitting a fair ball or receiving a base on balls are perhaps the two most common ways that a batter can become a batter-runner. We address in great detail all the […]
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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.