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Batter Hits Ball That Bounces on Top of Wall

Topics: Ground Rules

The video explains what happens when a batter hits a ball that bounces on top of the wall, and when the result is a home run or ground rule double. Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Rangers, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Bally Sports, YES, and…

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On Deck Batter Interference

Topics: Batter Interference

The video shows you the importance of the batter in the on-deck circle staying out the way of a play at the plate. Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Rangers, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Bally Sports, YES, and NBC Sports Chicago.  

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Batter Loses Bat and Makes Contact with Ball

Topics: Interference

This video shows you an example of a batter who loses his bat, but still makes contact with the ball. Which play is interference and which plays are a live ball in play? Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Rangers, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Bally…

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Batter Hit By Pitch NOT Awarded First Base

Topics: Hit By Pitch

This video shows you an example of a batter not getting awarded first base simply because he did not make an attempt to avoid getting hit by the pitch. Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Rangers, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Bally Sports, YES, and NBC…

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Batter Interference and Backswing Interference

Topics: Batter Interference

This video helps you understand batters interference, backswing interference and when a batter does NOT have to relinquish his position when a catcher is making a live throw into the field of play. Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Rangers, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Bally…

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Fielders Throwing Equipment at Ball In Play

Topics: Equipment

This video helps you understand the rules, and subsequently the penalties of a fielder throwing their equipment attempting to stop a ball in play. This covers examples of a pitcher and second baseman who threw their glove at the ball in a MLB game, and a catcher who stopped a ball with his catchers mask….

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The Various Obstruction Plays in Baseball

Topics: Obstruction

The video helps you understand everything about obstruction plays in baseball. This video first defines obstruction, shows an example of a fielder making a legal play in front of a runner, explains the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 obstruction and the ultimate case of obstruction when a fight breaks out while a player…

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The Conduct of the Catcher at the Plate

Topics: Home Plate Collision

This video discusses the responsibilities of a CATCHER in regards to collisions at home plate – Rule 6.01 (i).  The rule is designed to prevent injury between the runner and the catcher, and both share responsibilities to avoid a collision. Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Rangers,…

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The Conduct of the Runner at the Plate

Topics: Home Plate Collision

This video discusses the responsibilities of a RUNNER in regards to collisions at home plate – Rule 6.01 (i).  The rule is designed to prevent injury between the runner and the catcher, and both share responsibilities to avoid a collision. Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Rangers,…

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CHEAP STEAL OR A FREE BASE? 

Topics: Base Awards, Equipment, Lodged Ball, Placing Runners, Umpire

By Brady Hood In 1948, Kansas City outfielder Leon Culberson ran to second when a pitch missed the catchers mitt and got lodged in home plate umpire Harry King’s mask. Ultimately the umpires got together and ruled that the ball was still in play and Culberson was credited with a stolen base. So what would…

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