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Red Sox Confused about Running Lane Rule

The Mariners and Red Sox played at Safeco on March 29 when this odd double play occurred. The Red Sox had the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning and one out when Eduardo Nunez hit a slow roller up the first base line that was fielded by pitcher Cory Gearrin, who proceeded […]

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The First 45 Feet from Home to First are Valuable Real Estate

If the batter-runner runs out of the box the last 45 feet between home and first base, he runs the risk of being called out for interference if he interferes with the first baseman (or second baseman) who is “taking” the throw, usually from the pitcher or catcher. However, when the first baseman is “making” […]

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Carrasco Delivers an Illegal Pitch

The Mariners hosted the Indians on June 8, 2016. Kyle Seager was batting in the bottom of the fourth with a 1-2 count, two outs and the bases empty when he grounded out 3 unassisted. But the crew (Mike Muchlinski, John Hirschbeck, D.J.Reyburn and Bill Welke) met and, after about three minutes of discussion, correctly called […]

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Batter-Runner Interference

Rule 5.09 (a) (11): Retiring the Batter The Mariners and Red Sox played at Safeco Field on August 1, 2016. In the bottom of the sixth, Shawn O’Malley dribbled a ground ball in front of the plate. Sox catcher Sandy Leon threw to first baseman Hanley Ramirez. The throw hit off O’Malley, who advanced to third […]

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Baseball’s Confusing Safe Sign 

In the June 17, 2016 game between Seattle and Boston at Fenway Park, the Mariners’ Nelson Cruz avoided a tag at first base and missed the base. Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called the runner safe. As Cruz was returning to the base he was tagged by Hanley Ramirez, who wisely appealed that Cruz never touched the […]

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Fan on Field

The Mariners hosted the St. Louis Cardinals on June 25. In the top of the fifth inning, the Cardinals had runners on first and second and no outs when Mariners’ left fielder Seth Smith made a catch on a fly ball off the bat of Matt Carpenter just as a fan split between him and center fielder Leonys Martin. It was a bizarre sight. Since Smith made the catch, spectator interference was not called.

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Unusual Triple Play

The Mariners turned their 11th triple play in franchise history in the fourth inning of the July 26 game against the Blue Jays and the play proved to be a rules clinic as multiple rules were involved. The 3-6-2 triple play was reportedly only the second such type triple play in baseball history. Leading, 4-3, […]

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Obstruction (Type A & Type B)

The Mariners turned their 11th triple play in franchise history in the fourth inning of the July 26 game against the Blue Jays and the play proved to be a rules clinic as multiple rules were involved. The 3-6-2 triple play was reportedly only the second such type triple play in baseball history. Leading, 4-3, […]

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Can a Fielder Block a Base?

In the July 24 Blue Jays-Mariners game in Seattle, Jays catcher Dioner Navarro picked off Brad Miller at third base. There was some question whether or not Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson obstructed the runner’s path to the base. If you view the play, you will notice that Donaldson blocked the base with his knee […]