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Obstruction – A or B

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. Intent is also not a factor.

Type A Obstruction is when the runner is obstructed while a play is being made directly on him. In this type of obstruction, the umpire raises his arms to signal “time” and a dead ball. The runner is awarded the next base from the last base he legally touched.

Type B Obstruction is when the runner is obstructed when there is no pay being made on him. This commonly occurs when a first baseman impedes a runner on his way to 2B after a base hit.

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Runner Obstruction

On July 16, 2016, the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the Charlotte Stone Crabs played in Port Charlotte in a Florida State League game. Lakeland had a runner on first base and no outs when the batter hit a very shallow pop fly that was just over the head of the Stone Crabs’ first baseman. As […]

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2016 Bregman 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. There are two types of obstruction: Type A and Type B. Type […]

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Type B Obstruction

Type B Obstruction occurs when there is no play being directly made on the runner at the moment of the obstruction. The ball remains alive and in play and there is no automatic base award. The Rockies and Braves played at Coors Field on July 21 when the Type B obstruction rule came alive. In […]

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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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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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Obstruction Rule Revisited

The two different obstruction rules (Type A and Type B) came to life this past week. First a brief review of the obstruction rule: 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 […]

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Obstruction – Type A and Type B

One of the most interesting plays of the 2015 season occurred in the top of the fourth inning of the Padres-D’Backs game in Arizona on Sunday (May 10). The Padres had Wil Myers on first base with one out when Justin Upon singled to right field. As Myers was approaching second base, he appeared to […]

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When a Fielder Makes a Throw into a Dead Ball Area

Your typical base awards for runners on infielder overthrows that go into dead ball territory are two bases from their position at the time of the pitch. But don’t fall asleep. There are other base awards that emerge on infielder overthrows into DBT that depend on “first” and “second” plays in the infield. A rare […]