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The World Baseball Classic Rules Worth Knowing

The World Baseball Classic begins Monday, March 6, so it is time for us to understand the rules, at least the important ones. Since the WBC is a product of close cooperation and negotiation between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, there are plenty of rules for everyone. Most of the “non-game” rules […]

The Dirt on MLB’s Newest Pitching Delivery Rule

Special to Baseball Rules Academy Several MLB rule changes over the last few years were implemented because of serious injuries to players. Those rules, such as the home plate collision rule and the slide rule are commonly referred to by the famous players involved, “Buster Posey Rule” and the “Chase Utley Rule.” Now we have […]

Rule of the Week: The Best Quick Pitch Advice for Coaches and Players

What does a quick pitch look like? Watch the video! This week’s official baseball rule is all about the quick pitch. If the pitcher throws the ball on purpose to surprise the batter, it is a quick pitch. In the set position, according to Rule 5.07(a)(2), the pitcher must pause after the stretch, holding the […]

My Dad and the Play at First Base

My dad is one of those people whose whole life revolves around the day’s game… in his case, the St. Louis Cardinals. I stopped by his place one day when the game was on and walked in just in time to hear him yelling about a call at first base. At the end of his […]

NFHS Baseball Points of Emphasis – 2017

This article appears on the official NFHS website, nfhs.org By NFHS on November 22, 2016 The NFHS Baseball Rules Committee and the NFHS Board of Directors believe there are areas of the game of interscholastic baseball that need to be addressed and given special attention. These areas of concern are often cyclical, some areas need […]

HS Pitch Count Rules Set for 2017

Special to Baseball Rules Academy November 28, 2016   The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee met June 5-7 meeting in Indianapolis and approved rule changes for 2017. One of the most interesting directives from the NFHS Board of Directors pertains to pitch limits for high school pitchers. Each NFHS […]

A whole lot of bumping going on

Runner on first, no outs. Lazy infield popup down first base line. First baseman and pitcher converge but it seems like it’s a play for the first baseman. As the batter-runner approaches first, he and the pitcher slightly bump which causes the batter-runner to lose his balance and fall. The pitcher also loses his balance […]

Sample Insider Report – Catcher Interference Won’t Always Stop the Show

The Royals and Indians played in Cleveland on June 4, 2016. In the top of the first inning, the Royals’ Whit Merrifield attempted to steal second base with Lorenzo Cain at bat. At almost the time of pitcher Josh Tomlin’s release, Indians’ catcher Chris Gimenez jumped up, took off his mask, and stepped on the […]

Sample Insider Report – Quick Pitch: Illegal and Dangerous

Things got hot in Philadelphia this past Tuesday night after the Mets’ Hansel Robles “quick pitched” Darin Ruf of the Phillies. Insider Observations: Per rule 6.02 (a) (5), a quick pitch is an illegal pitch. “Umpires will judge a quick pitch as one delivered before the batter is reasonably set in the batter’s box. With […]