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Runner’s Lane Violations All Over MLB

               Bellinger Called Out The Dodgers and Padres played in San Diego on Thursday night. Cody Bellinger led off the top of the fourth for the Dodgers in a scoreless game and hit a dribbler in front of the plate. The ball was fielded by catcher Austin Hedges who fired wide of first base and […]

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Did Pitcher Throw at Runner for Interference Call?

The Reds and Indians played in Cleveland on May 23, 2017, when the Reds’ Zack Cozart was called for batter-runner interference. Cozart was clearly out of the runner’s box but did Indians’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco have a good throwing lane to first base? And even if he did, does it matter since Cozart was clearly […]

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Jason Heyward Called for Batter Runner Interference

Before we look at a couple of recent batter-runner interference plays, let’s review the provisions and “interpretations” that cover rule 5.09 (a) (11) and the 45-foot long, 3-foot wide runner’s box that has been around since 1881. Keep in mind that the rule is designed to protect the fielder “taking” the throw, not “making” 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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Torreyes Obstruction 2016

Type A Obstruction The Yankees and White Sox played on July 5, 2016 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Yanks had Brett Gardner on second base in the top of the ninth with no outs when Ronald Torreyes hit a high chopper toward first base. White Sox pitcher Michael Ynoa ran toward the ball to make […]

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Scioscia Protests Batter-Runner Interference Rule

Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia protested the Angels 7-5 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The protest that was denied on Thursday centered around rule 5.09 (a) (11), which covers batter-runner interference the last 45-feet between home and first base. The rule reads: A batter is out when in running the last […]

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Baez Baseline

The Giants hosted the Cubs on May 22, 2016. The Cubs’ Javy Baez led off the top of the eighth inning with a slow roller to first baseman Brandon Belt, who fielded the ball and tried to tag Baez and missed. But first base umpire Dana DeMuth called Baez out for running out of the […]

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2015 Inciarte Baseline Call

In my opinion, first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt made a questionable baseline violation call in the top of the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Of course, having the advantage of watching the slo-mo replay certainly helped me in formulating my opinion. With two outs and a runner on […]

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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 […]