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Batted Ball Deflects off Pitcher and Umpire on Same Play

The Dayton Dragons (Reds) played the South Bend Cubs in a Class A Midwest League game this past August.  With a runner on first base, the batter hit a shot that deflected off the pitcher before striking the second base umpire. The ball then rolled to the shortstop near second base. The shortstop fielded the […]

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Q&A: Foul ball or strike three?

Q. With two strikes on the batter, Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A Carolina League) catcher Chad Johnson recently had a foul tip go off his mask and into his mitt. The ball never hit the ground. Was this a legal catch for “strike three?” A. No. That would be a foul ball. For the catcher […]

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Catch a Ball and Fall/Carry into Dead Ball Area

Perhaps Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo should be called “Catch and Carry Rizzo” because of his penchant for making catches before carrying the ball into dead ball territory. The Cubs and Brewers played at Wrigley Field on August 12. In the top of the sixth inning the Brewers had Jonathan Lucroy on first base and […]

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How a Catch is Defined

The ridiculous catch rule surfaced in Tuesday night’s White Sox-Red Sox game at Fenway Park. With Adam Eaton on base and two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Jose Abreu hit a shot to right-center field that Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts gathered in his glove just before leaping into the short […]

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Spectator Interference

When spectator interference occurs, the umpires have the authority to place the batter and the runners at any base they judge would have been made had there been no interference. It’s possible that the umpires will award two bases to one runner while awarding only one base to another runner or the batter. The umpires […]

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Pop-ups Caught Near or in Dugout

Dugout Rules       The Phils hosted the Rays on July 22, 2015. Brandon Guyer, the first batter of the game, hit a foul ball near the first base dugout. Phils catcher Carlos Ruiz chased it down and made a sliding catch with one foot on the grass and one foot on the lip of the dugout […]