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When May a Fielder Block the Base?

With so many head-first sliding runners in baseball there are more fielders who will drop a knee in front of the base to keep the fielder from touching the bag. Here, however, we are not talking about the home plate collision rule. In this case, we are discussing a play at any base where the […]

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Blocking the Base

A fielder is not permitted to block a baserunner from going to a base or block the base unless he is making a play on the runner. Sometimes an infielder will drop his knee in front of the base while awaiting a throw, this is a legal play. But if there is no play being made on the runner and the fielder blocks his path to the base, the umpire should call obstruction and award the runner the next base.