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Batter-Runner Interference

From this corner, the batter-runner interference rule 5.09 (a) (11) is the most inconsistently applied rule in the game of baseball. The rule as written is intended to protect the fielder “taking the throw” at first base. Ironically, the way the rule is carried out places the fielder who is taking the throw at first base in danger. One thing is certain: the fielder must make a throw for the interference to be called. The…

From this corner, the batter-runner interference rule 5.09 (a) (11) is the most inconsistently applied rule in the game of baseball. The rule as written is intended to protect the fielder “taking the throw” at first base. Ironically, the way the rule is carried out places the fielder who is taking the throw at first base in danger. One thing is certain: the fielder must make a throw for the interference to be called. The…

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...direction when avoiding a tag like at any other base.
  • Normally the plate umpire makes the call but it can be made by the base umpire.
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