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Infield Fly Rule Confusion by Fielder and Umpire

Confusion over the Infield Fly Rule occurred on August 22, 2017, when the Angels hosted the Rangers. In the bottom of the fourth, the Angels had Mike Trout on first and Kaleb Cowart on second and one out when Albert Pujols hit a pop fly in front of the pitcher’s mound. The umpires invoked the […]

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Batter-Runner Interference

From this corner, the batter-runner interference rule 5.09 (a) (11) is the most inconsistently applied rule in the game of baseball. The rule as written is intended to protect the fielder “taking the throw” at first base. Ironically, the way the rule is carried out places the fielder who is taking the throw at first […]

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When an Infield Fly is Dropped

The Reds and Royals played at Great American Ball Park on Aug. 19, 2015. In the bottom of the fifth Jay Bruce was batting with one out and the bases loaded facing Luke Hochevar. Bruce popped up a 3-2 pitch that Hochevar and first baseman Eric Hosmer camped under before it hit the ground. The […]