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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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Interpretations of the DH Rule

Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia had to leave the April 20, 2016 game against the Yankees in the fourth inning due to a strained hamstring, which left the A’s in a bit of a pickle because A’s manager Bob Melvin did not want to play first baseman Mark Canha at third base. So Melvin opted […]

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Tulowitzki Interferes During an Infield Fly Rule Play

The Red Sox and Blue Jays played in Toronto on September 9, 2016. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Jays had Jose Bautista on second and Troy Tulowitzki on first with one out when Dioner Navarro hit a pop fly several feet in fair territory near first base. It was a classic Infield […]

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Type A Obstruction Not Called

The Rays hosted the Jays on May 1, 2016. In the top of the ninth, the Jays had Kevin Pillar on first base and one out when Ryan Webb made a pick throw to first base that hung up Pillar, forcing a rundown. In the 1-3-6-1-4 rundown Pillar and Webb collided after Webb threw to […]

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Herrera Miscounts Outs, Throws Ball Into Stands

The Jays and Phils played in Philadelphia on June 16. In the top of the eighth, the Jays had Edwin Encarnacion on first base and one out when Michael Saunders flied to Odubel Herrera in center field. Just as Daniel Nava did in an Arizona spring training game on March 15, Herrera tossed the ball […]

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Baseball’s Affordable Health Care Act

When a runner is injured during the middle of a play in which the ball goes into dead ball territory and there is an automatic base award (like two bases for a book rule double or four bases for a home run), it’s foolish to let the runner continue to run. The rule book gives […]

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Balk Call Reversed

On Friday night, June 3, 2016, the Red Sox had Dustin Pedroia at bat with an 0-2 count and Blake Swihart on first base in the bottom of the ninth with two outs trailing 5-2 when Jays’ closer Roberto Osuna, in his set position, stepped toward first without throwing the ball. It appeared to be […]

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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 […]