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Did the Umpire Misinterpret Backswing Batter Interference?

In my opinion the umpire in the Blue Jays-Angels game on April 24 misinterpreted a backswing interference call that might have affected the outcome of the game in the Blue Jays 2-1 loss. There is a distinction between two types of batter interference covered in rule 6.03 (a) (3) and (4) Comment: For the sake […]

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Did the Umpire Misinterpret Backswing Batter Interference?

In my opinion the umpire in the Blue Jays-Angels game on April 24, 2017, misinterpreted a backswing interference call that might have affected the outcome of the game in the Blue Jays 2-1 loss.   There is a distinction between two types of batter interference covered in rule 6.03 (a) (3) and (4) Comment: For […]

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Holliday Interference?

Red Sox manager John Farrell protested the Red Sox 16-inning, 4-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Fenway Park. Here is what happened. In the top of the 11th inning, the Yankees had Matt Holliday at first base and no outs when Jacoby Ellsbury chopped a ball to first baseman Mitch Moreland, who […]

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The Flawed Sliding Rule

The Orioles and Red Sox played in Baltimore on April 21, 2017. In the bottom of the eighth, the O’s had Manny Machado on first base with no outs when Mark Trumbo bounced a ball to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox shortstop threw to Dustin Pedroia covering second. Pedroia had his back to the […]

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Umpires Reverse Call on Missed Catch

Before the advent of the instant replay, one of the concerns that umpires had was: where to place multiple runners when a fielder traps the ball or doesn’t make a catch and the play is ruled a catch? The answer is, umpires have the authority to place the runners at the base/bases they would have […]

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Batter Interferes with Catcher on Backswing

The Red Sox and Rays played at Tropicana Field on August 23, 2016. David Ortiz was batting in the top of the eighth inning with one out and Xander Bogaerts on first base. With Bogaerts attempting to steal second, Ortiz swung and missed a 2-2 Brad Boxberger pitch. Ortiz’ bat came around and struck catcher […]

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Beckham Time Play

Time Play: Runner Slows Down Before Reaching the Plate The most common mistake that the runner approaching home plate makes during an inning-ending “Time Play” is when he slows down before crossing the plate. Many runners do it, especially when they know that there will not be a play made on them. But by slowing […]

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Neighborhood Play

The Yankees and Indians played in New York on August 22, 2016. With runners at the corners and one out in the third inning, Michael Brantley chopped into a 3-6 fielder’s choice. On the play, the throw from Yankees’ first baseman Greg Bird appeared to force Yankees’ shortstop Didi Gregorius off the bag at second […]