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The Dangerous Batter-Runner First Baseman Collision

The 45 foot runners’ lane between home and first base can be a dangerous part of the baseball field. Controversial plays are common in this area and umpires, coaches, managers and players must thoroughly understand this rule to minimize injury. Basically, the batter-runner must stay in the runner’s lane or risk being called for interference on a throw to first base.

You might recall in my spring training presentation that I strongly endorsed the idea of having the first baseman (or second baseman) who is taking the throw from the catcher or the pitcher in the bunt area, to take the throw from a stretch position to the fair side of the foul line to avoid injury and to receive the ball sooner. This of course would involve a late developing play that results in a…

You might recall in my spring training presentation that I strongly endorsed the idea of having the first baseman (or second baseman) who is taking the throw from the catcher or the pitcher in the bunt area, to take the throw from a stretch position to the fair side of the foul line to avoid injury and to receive the ball sooner. This of course would involve a late developing play that results in a…

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...that the throw was not catchable, or the defensive team had a good enough throwing angle. The manager should request crew consultation when this occurs.

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