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Dexter Fowler Catches Dead Ball for Last Out of Game “How does that happen?”

The Phillies were batting with two out in the 9th inning of their game with the St. Louis Cardinals, May 29, 2019, when Andrew McCutchen lofted a fly ball down the right field line. The ball drifted away from the field of play and into the stands when a fan reached up and touched the […]

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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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The Dangerous Batter-Runner First Baseman Collision

You might recall in my spring training presentation that I strongly endorsed the idea of having the first baseman (or second baseman) who is taking the throw from the catcher or the pitcher in the bunt area, to take the throw from a stretch position to the fair side of the foul line to avoid […]

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Utley-Tejada Force Slide

The Utley/Tejada play in Game Two of the 2015 NLDS played between the Mets and Dodgers has triggered a great deal of discussion that may result in a rules change involving force play slides. In my opinion, this is long overdue, as I have been critical of the current guidelines regarding force play slides fro […]