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Recent protest has many asking, “What is a protest?”

With last month’s Cubs-Nationals game ending in a protest from Joe Maddon, the topic of protesting in baseball came back to life. Although it is rare, with protests only being upheld 15 times in Major League Baseball history, it allows teams an avenue to enforce the Official Rules of Baseball at times when the umpires […]

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Texas Two-Step; Edwards told to change, Doolittle, too late

The ninth inning of the May 18 game between the Washington Nationals and the visiting Chicago Cubs began like any other late-inning, three-run game. Nationals closer Sean Doolittle toed the slab in a save situation and retired Albert Almora Jr. for the first out. The next pitch is where the controversy officially became a game […]

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Rizzo’s Controversial Slide at Home

For the second consecutive year, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo was involved in a controversial slide at the plate. Following is the report from MLB.com. In the eighth inning of the Cubs’ 7-0 win over the Pirates on Monday afternoon at PNC Park, a replay-review ruling on Anthony Rizzo’s hard slide into catcher Elias Diaz stood, resulting in […]

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Batter Offers at Pitch and is Touched by Ball

This much we know: When a batter attempts to hit a pitch, whether a full swing, check swing or bunt attempt, it is a strike. But what happens when that batter attempts to hit or bunt the pitch and is then struck by the pitch? Is the batter awarded first base? Can runners advance? Can […]

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Dealing with the DH: Two Case Studies on Waiting

What should a manager do when he notices that the opposing lineup card does not have a DH listed? If the umpire observes the error during the lineup card exchange, he can correct the problem. If not, the manager of the team who submitted a proper lineup card needs to have patience and remain mute […]

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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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2016 Pitching Sub

The Cubs beat the Reds 7-2 in 15-innings at Great American Ball Park on June 28, 2016. It proved to be a rules clinic for when a pitcher changes to a defensive position. By the 13th inning, both teams had used up their entire benches. In that inning, the Reds looked like they were mounting […]

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Umpires Allow a Pitching Substitution in Violation of Rule 5.10 (i)

Rule 5.10 (i) reads, “If a pitcher who is already in the game crosses the foul line on his way to take his place on the pitcher’s plate to start an inning, he shall pitch to the first batter until such batter is putout or reaches first base, unless the batter is substituted for, or […]

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Bizarre Play – Passing Runners, Abandonment, or Obstruction?

Perhaps the most bizarre play of the 2015 season occurred at Citi Field on Wednesday night (July 1) where the Mets hosted the Cubs. And in my opinion the umpires did not invoke the proper penalty. From this corner the Mets caught a break. The Mets were batting in the bottom of the eighth with […]