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Runner Interference

Among ballplayers, the subject of who has the right of way is an eternal problem in the game of baseball. Simply stated, the runner must initially give way to the fielder whether the fielder is fielding a ground ball or a fly ball. If a runner or batter-runner interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play, the runner or batter-runner should be called out. Words like “impede,” hinder” or…

Among ballplayers, the subject of who has the right of way is an eternal problem in the game of baseball. Simply stated, the runner must initially give way to the fielder whether the fielder is fielding a ground ball or a fly ball. If a runner or batter-runner interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play, the runner or batter-runner should be called out. Words like “impede,” hinder” or…

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...be protected unless he intentionally interfered with the play in which case Headley would also be called out.

The bottom line: runners must locate, locate, locate.

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