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The New MLB Intentional Walk Rule

The new MLB intentional walk rule has had little effect on the overall length of major league games. It was not a particularly bold move, but it does represent a changing of the mindset of those decision makers to speed up the pace of play. The estimated time shaving is around 35 seconds per game. […]

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Play Follows Balk: Umps Misinterpret Rule

The following situation occurred in the Mickey Mantle World Series in Waterbury, Conn., on July 27, 2016, and it could very well happen in a MLB game. The series is sanctioned by the American Amateur Baseball Congress that plays under Pro rules. The Connecticut Outlaws were facing FTB Arecibo, the entry from Puerto Rico. The Outlaws […]

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Runner Who Just Scored Interferes with Play

An interesting example of the interference rule occurred on April 6, 2013, at Citi Field where the Mets hosted the Marlins. In this play it involved a runner who had just crossed the plate. The Marlins’ Juan Pierre ran into Mets’ catcher John Buck after he scored the tying run. In the top of the […]