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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

Beginning 2024, pro rules (OBR, MLB) will no longer allow a fielder who is not in possession of the ball to block a base (1B, 2B, 3B) or impede a runner. It will be enforced similar to the Home Plate Collision Rule.  New Rule Explained Here: https://baseballrulesacademy.com/obstruction-enforcement-at-all-bases-in-2024/   The video helps you understand everything about…

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Appeal Plays

Topics: Appeal

The video helps you understand everything about appeal plays in baseball. This covers no retouch violations, continuous action appeals and fourth out appeals. 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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Violations of Catcher’s Interference on the Rise

Topics: Catcher Interference

The video helps you understand everything about catcher’s interference, something that has drastically increased recently in Major League Baseball. This video will explain why catcher’s interference is on the rise, explain the rule in detail and the options that a manager has when this is called. Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers, Nationals, Orioles,…

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Which Catches are LEGAL and ILLEGAL?

Topics: Definitions

The video helps you understand which catches are legal and illegal in Major League Baseball. This video defines what is a legal catch is, discusses foul tips caught by a catcher, plays and catches around the dugout, fielders falling into the stands, drops against the wall and more. Rich Marazzi Rules consultant/analyst:  Angels, D’backs, Dodgers,…

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Which Tags are LEGAL and ILLEGAL?

Topics: tag attempt

The video helps you understand which tags are legal and illegal in Major League Baseball. This video defines what is a legal tag, discusses how the fielder must have secure possession of the ball in their glove, runners disengaging from the base, a runners momentum carrying them beyond the base, the no-touch no-tag call and…

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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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Spectator Interference: Rule 6.01 (e)

Topics: Expert Analysis

The Yankees and Astros played at Minute Maid on September 3, 2023. In the bottom of the sixth, Yordan Alvarez hit a Tommy Kahnle pitch deep down the left field line in foul territory. Yankees’ left fielder Everson Pereira was in pursuit of the ball but was deprived of the catch when a fan reached…

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