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Batter Interference Coaching Tips

Concise list of coaching tips about batter interference. Rich Marazzi lists the difference interpretations for batter interference depending on whether a throw is to retire a runner stealing a base or an attempt to pick the runner off an existing base.

When ruling on batter interference, the plate umpire must distinguish if the catcher’s throw was to prevent a stolen base or to pick-off a runner on a base. He must consider the following:                                            Throw to Prevent a Stolen Base Any movement that hinders the catcher’s play can constitute batter interference. This is true even if the batter remains in the batter’s box. The batter can leave the batter’s box and it is only…

When ruling on batter interference, the plate umpire must distinguish if the catcher’s throw was to prevent a stolen base or to pick-off a runner on a base. He must consider the following:                                            Throw to Prevent a Stolen Base Any movement that hinders the catcher’s play can constitute batter interference. This is true even if the batter remains in the batter’s box. The batter can leave the batter’s box and it is only…

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...have to give the catcher a throwing lane on a pickoff throw.
  • In both cases the batter cannot make any movement that hinders the catcher’s play.
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