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Rule of the Week: Who’s Your First Baseman?

Cubs Manager Joe Madden is known as a free spirit: innovative and not afraid to experiment. There is no better example of this than the unique defensive configuration he employs when the Cubs are expecting a sacrifice bunt. It has happened three times so far this season – most recently in the bottom of the […]

Academy Courses

Automatic Outs

In addition to putting runners or batters out by a caught ball or tag, fielders can be credited with automatic outs by the official scorer in specific situations. These automatic outs can be called on either the Batter or Runner. As those are covered in detail in their respective lessons, we’ll focus on the ways […]

Insider Report

Runner Interference: Umpire Must Make Decision which Fielder to Protect

The Yankees beat the Indians 7-6 in Cleveland on July 9, 2016. But had it not been for an interference call against Indians’ baserunner Francisco Lindor, the Tribe would have been probable winners.

Insider Report

Obstruction

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.

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Batted Ball Hits Runner While Standing on a Base

The Yankees and Nationals met at Nationals Park on May 19. In the top of the fourth inning the Yanks had Brian McCann on third and Chase Headley on second with two outs when Jose Pirela hit a soft roller between home and third. Nats’ third baseman Yunel Escobar made no play on the ball […]