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Runner Slides Home During Time Play

The runner approaching home plate needs to touch the plate ASAP. I would prefer that he run through the plate rather than slide. In the following play, however, the runner hustled home and slid to beat the third out. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Boston Red Sox on August 7, 2016. The Dodgers had […]

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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 […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
(©MLB Umpire Manual)


42. WILLFUL AND DELIBERATE INTERFERENCE Rules 6.01(a)(6), 6.01(a)(7), 6.01(a)(5), 5.09(a)(13), 5.09(b)(3), 6.01(j) [former Rules 7.09(f), 7.09(g), 7.09(e), 6.05(m), 7.08(b), 7.14]: Rules 6.01(a)(6) and 6.01(a)(7) [former Rules 7.09(f) and 7.09(g)] were added to the Official Baseball Rules to add an additional penalty when a base runner or a batter-runner deliberately and intentionally interferes with a batted […]

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Neighborhood Play at 2B

MLB’s Playing Rules Committee allows for the “Neighborhood Play” at second base to protect middle infielders from injury. Yet, the reckless sliding rules in place allow the runner on force plays to slide into the base on a variety of angles and head hunt the fielder making the play. As long as a runner is […]

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Neighborhood Play Defined

The Yankees and Indians played in New York on Aug. 22. With runners at the corners and one out in the third inning, Michael Brantley chopped into a 3-6 fielder’s choice. On the play, the throw from Yankees’ first baseman Greg Bird appeared to force Yankees’ shortstop Didi Gregorius off the bag at second before […]