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What Do You Know? 9 Rules Questions from 2018

1. There’s a runner on first, catcher’s interference is called and the batter safely makes it to first as a result of the play. If the runner on first (after safely reaching second base), makes an attempt for third base during the play and gets thrown out, does the offensive coach have the option to […]

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Did a Veteran Player Forget This Basic Rule?

Runner on First Attempts to Go to Second Base on Dropped Third Strike When a batter strikes out on a dropped third strike and first base is occupied with less than two outs, the batter is automatically out. The rule is a close cousin of the Infield Fly rule. It is designed to protect the […]

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Interpretations of the DH Rule

Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia had to leave the April 20, 2016 game against the Yankees in the fourth inning due to a strained hamstring, which left the A’s in a bit of a pickle because A’s manager Bob Melvin did not want to play first baseman Mark Canha at third base. So Melvin opted […]

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The Appeal Process: Keep Continuous Action and Keep the Force Alive

I have advocated that when possible, the defensive team should make the appeal before “Time” is called. They should keep continuous action. The defensive team should go right to the base/bases, or tag the offending runner/runners when appealing. There is no reason to get the ball to the pitcher unless the ball is in dead […]

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Runner Struck by Batted Ball Behind Infielder

The Twins beat the White Sox 8-5 at Target Field on September 1, 2016. In the top of the first, the White Sox had Tim Anderson on first base and one out when Melky Cabrera hit a shot that got by Twins’ first baseman Joe Mauer. The ball then struck Anderson who was behind Mauer […]

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You Can’t Dupe That Eye in the Sky

The Astros hosted the Angels on June 20. Mike Trout was batting in the top of the third with Yunel Escobar on third base, two outs and a 1-2 count. On the next Doug Fister pitch, Trout hit a slow roller up the first baseline that was fielded by Fister, who threw to Marwin Gonzalez […]

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Q&A: Is this a catch?

Q. In a recent game, our third baseman was going back for a pop fly in foul territory, he misread the ball and got turned around a few times which caused him to become off balance. While he was falling to the ground he reached to catch the ball. As he hit the ground on […]

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Lodged Ball Creates Controversy

The Connecticut Tigers hosted the Vermont Lake Monsters on July 19, 2016 at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Ct. The Tigers had Cesar Gonzalez on second and Cole Bauml on first with one out in the bottom of the ninth trailing, 3-1. Josh Lester then hit a ball down the left field line that went under […]

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Slide Rule on Potential Double Plays

The new slide rule has been an expected source of controversy the first week of the season. And I expect it will continue for a time. The Nationals and Braves opened the season in Atlanta on April 4, 2016. With the scored tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Nick Markakis drew a leadoff walk. Hector […]