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Deflected Balls that Remain in Play (Part 3)

Deflected Batted Ball Strikes the Runner  Deflections make for knotty problems since they usually lead to right of way arguments.  Whenever a batted ball is deflected off the pitcher or another infielder into the path of the runner, one of three things can happen: The ball can remain alive and in play The runner can […]

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Major League Coach Estimates Only 50% of Big Leaguers Know the Infield Fly Rule

I recently asked a coach of a Major League, pennant-contending team to estimate how many players on his team know the nuances of the Infield Fly Rule. His answer was shocking – only 50%. Everyone knows the basic requirements for an Infield Fly: Runners on 1B and 2B or bases loaded and fewer than 2 […]

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The Second Play in the Infield: A Rare Base Award

In Wednesday night’s game between the Indians and Rangers, the Rangers were awarded a run on a rare “second play” in the infield overthrow into the stands. Do you know the difference between the “first play” and “second play” in the infield when it comes to making a base award? Let’s start with a very […]

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Time Play Opening Day 2017

The 2017 baseball season wasn’t quite two days old when we had our first “Time Play” confusion. When the third out of an inning is not the result of a force play and it happens about the same time a runner is crossing the plate, the plate umpire must decide “in time,” what occurred first-the […]

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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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Q&A: Is this a catch?

Q. In a recent game, our third baseman was going back for a pop fly in foul territory, he misread the ball and got turned around a few times which caused him to become off balance. While he was falling to the ground he reached to catch the ball. As he hit the ground on […]

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Avoiding the Tag

  The Orioles and Padres played at PetCo Park on June 29, 2016. The O’s were batting in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs when Chris Davis hit a slow roller along the first baseline between home and first. The ball was fielded near the line by Padres’ pitcher […]

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Obstruction

Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner. Contact does not have to be made for the umpire to rule obstruction. Also, intent is not a factor. It is the responsibility of the runner to avoid the fielder when the fielder is making a play on the ball. However, after a fielder has had a chance to field the ball or if the fielder is not in possession of the ball and is not about to receive a throw, it is the responsibility of the fielder to relinquish space to the runner because the runner has the right of way to a clear basepath.

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Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister should have argued a call that occurred in the bottom of the ninth inning in the July 30, 2015 game against the Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers were batting in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied, 6-6. Delino DeShields was on first base […]

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Manager Ejection for Arguing Replay Decision

Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister was ejected on Sunday, April 26, 2016 for arguing a call that had been reversed by instant replay when the Rangers and Angels met in Anaheim. Elvis Andrus, leading off the eighth inning, hit a foul ball down the right-field line that Kole Calhoun chased to the wall but couldn’t catch. […]