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Infield Fly Rule Confusion by Fielder and Umpire

Confusion over the Infield Fly Rule occurred on August 22, 2017, when the Angels hosted the Rangers. In the bottom of the fourth, the Angels had Mike Trout on first and Kaleb Cowart on second and one out when Albert Pujols hit a pop fly in front of the pitcher’s mound. The umpires invoked the […]

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Get Close: Your Eyes and the Tag Play

I remember having some trouble with tag plays, mainly on a steal at second base, and mainly after getting to Double A, where we worked three-man instead of two-man. This meant I was much closer to the tag play at second, and it was a tough adjustment… until a good partner let me know what […]

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Wainwright Loses Glove During Tag Attempt

Perhaps the weirdest tag play in a long time occurred in the Mets-Cardinals game played in St. Louis on Thursday night. With one out in the fifth inning, Mets’ first baseman James Loney popped a ball into short left field that landed just out of the reach of Greg Garcia. Yoenis Cespedes, the runner on first base, […]

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Runner Misses Plate and Catcher Misses Tag

The Cubs and Rockies played at Coors Field on Aug. 19, 2016. The Cubs were batting in the top of the third with runners on first and second and two outs when Anthony Rizzo singled up the middle. Kyle Hendricks, the runner on second, beat the throw home by a few steps but did not […]

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Should a Fielder Ever Intentionally Drop an Infield Fly?

Rule 6.05 (L) reads, “A batter is out when an infielder intentionally drops a fair fly ball or line drive, with first, first and second, first and third, and first, second and third base occupied before two are out. The ball is dead and runners shall return to their original base or bases.” But such […]

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Play at the Plate – Timely Appeal

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected from Thursday night’s (July 2) 12-6 loss to the Red Sox following a disputed call at home plate that led to some confusion at Rogers Centre. Following is a report by Gregor Chisholm to MLB.com. My Ruleball comments will follow. “The play happened in the bottom of the […]

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Holding the Tag on the Runner

There is no doubt that the advent of the Instant Replay has changed the game. Because fielders are holding the tag longer on tag plays, hoping that the replay will overturn a safe call, runners are at risk. In many cases umpires must determine whether the runner’s momentum took him off the base or did […]