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Baserunner Interference

It can be a tricky situation when a runner tries to cut off a throwing lane. For example, when a runner is picked off 1B and he decides to run to the inside of 2B, he is probably not interfering with the play but effectively shrinking the throwing lane from the first baseman to the fielder covering 2B. Unless the runner does something to intentionally interfere with a thrown ball or the fielder making the play, it is smart base running. This is a judgement call by the umpire.

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Scioscia Protests Batter-Runner Interference Rule

Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia protested the Angels 7-5 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The protest that was denied on Thursday centered around rule 5.09 (a) (11), which covers batter-runner interference the last 45-feet between home and first base. The rule reads: A batter is out when in running the last […]