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Protected Fielders and Batter Interference

Batter Interference Batters and runners need to understand when a fielder is “protected.” Simply stated, it means the batter or runner should “stay away” and “avoid” the fielder when he is making a play. This includes fly balls as well as ground balls. In general, I think runners are aware that they must avoid an infielder when fielding a ground ball. I’m not quite sure about the batter. The batter needs to understand that the…

Batter Interference Batters and runners need to understand when a fielder is “protected.” Simply stated, it means the batter or runner should “stay away” and “avoid” the fielder when he is making a play. This includes fly balls as well as ground balls. In general, I think runners are aware that they must avoid an infielder when fielding a ground ball. I’m not quite sure about the batter. The batter needs to understand that the…

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...of tracking a fly ball. Remaining still or stationary can be interpreted as hindering or confusing the fielder and the batter can be called out.

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