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Play Follows Balk: Umps Misinterpret Rule

The following situation occurred in the Mickey Mantle World Series in Waterbury, Conn., on July 27, 2016, and it could very well happen in a MLB game. The series is sanctioned by the American Amateur Baseball Congress that plays under Pro rules. The Connecticut Outlaws were facing FTB Arecibo, the entry from Puerto Rico. The Outlaws had a runner on second base when the Arecibo pitcher balked before delivering the pitch. On the pitch, the runner…

The following situation occurred in the Mickey Mantle World Series in Waterbury, Conn., on July 27, 2016, and it could very well happen in a MLB game. The series is sanctioned by the American Amateur Baseball Congress that plays under Pro rules. The Connecticut Outlaws were facing FTB Arecibo, the entry from Puerto Rico. The Outlaws had a runner on second base when the Arecibo pitcher balked before delivering the pitch. On the pitch, the runner…

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...the hit batter’s placement on first base forces all runners to advance one base in which case the play proceeds without reference to the balk.

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