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Spring Training 2020 Rules Test

  Below are 10 True and False questions. To qualify as a full time Major League umpire, you must get all 10 correct. A score of 9 correct answers places you in Triple-A with the possibility of being a replacement for vacationing MLB umpires. A score of 7-8 proper answers places you in Double-A, while […]

The THREE BATTER MINIMUM RULE (and the Injured Pitcher Loophole)

Major League Baseball will implement a game changing rule this season that requires the starting pitcher, or any substitute pitcher, to pitch to a minimum of three batters. The rule is officially named: Three Batter Minimum, OBR 5.10(g), 5.10(i) and 5.10(m). Since first hearing rumors of this rule the baseball world has speculated how it […]

2020 NFHS POINTS OF EMPHASIS AND HOW TO FOLLOW THEM

THIS RULE APPLIES TO NFHS NFHS POINTS OF EMPHASIS AND HOW TO FOLLOW THEM By Brady Hood Each year NHFS compiles a list of rules for coaches and officials to emphasize during the course of the baseball season. This year there are six rules that will require extra attention. Ending a regulation game The first […]

CHEAP STEAL OR A FREE BASE?

In 1948, Kansas City outfielder Leon Culberson ran to second when a pitch missed the catchers mitt and got lodged in home plate umpire Harry King’s mask. Ultimately the umpires got together and ruled that the ball was still in play and Culberson was credited with a stolen base. So what would happen if Culberson […]

IF THE ASTROS CHEATING SCANDAL HAPPENED IN HIGH SCHOOL

As the fallout from the Houston Astro’s cheating scandal continues, one can wonder what effect, if any, will this have on amateur baseball at the high school level. This spring all over the country teams will take the field aiming for the same goal, to win a state championship. Part of what makes high school […]

Reds Ervin Called for Intentional Interference while Breaking Up Double Play

The Reds and Pirates were in in the 12th inning of a 2 – 2 game on September 28, 2019, when the Reds Phil Ervin was called for Willful and Deliberate Interference as he attempted to break up a double play. The Reds had runners on 2B (Kyle Farmer) and 1B (Phil Ervin) when Tucker […]

Pitcher Must Notify Umpires to use Full Windup with Runners on Base

The Cubs hosted the Reds at Wrigley Field, September 17, 2019. With Sonny Gray on the mound, the bottom of the second inning began with a walk to Victor Caratini. Gray, pitching from the stretch position, retired the next two batters. Then, on his first pitch to Yu Darvish, Gray went to his full windup […]

Derek Dietrich’s Bat Touches Live Ball. Reds Receive Gift Run!

The Mariners edged the Reds 5 – 3 on September 11, 2019, but needed 28 outs to get the job done. With bases loaded and two outs, pinch hitter, Derek Dietrich, tried to check his swing on an 0-2 count. Home plate umpire, John Libka pointed down to third base umpire, Paul Nauert, to get […]

MLB Outfielder Drops Glove After Catch. Is it Still a Catch?

The  Astros and Brewers  played at Miller Park on Tuesday, September 4, 2019,  when Astros’ center fielder George Springer made  a leaping catch to rob Ryan Braun and end the fifth inning. Springer backpedaled and reached up to make the catch on the fly ball before falling backward and landing on his back. As he […]

3B Nice Catch Near Dugout Costs his Team a Run

Beware on Pop-ups Caught Near or in Dugout The Royals hosted the A’s in an afternoon game on August 30, 2019. In the top of the eight inning, with Royals runners on second and third and the Royals holding a one-run lead, A’s Corban Joseph lofted a high pop-up near the third base dugout. Royal’s […]