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  1. Would this be legal for a pitcher?

    From the NFHS 2015 Baseball Rules Book (p. 11): Fed Rule 1-3-6 …The glove/mitt worn by the pitcher that includes the colors white and/or gray shall be removed from the game upon discovery by either team and/or umpire… For interpretation of this rule please see case book plays 1.3.6 A, D, E, and F. 2017-18 NCAA rule 1-13-d. The pitcher’s glove may not be white or gray, exclusive of piping nor, in the judgment of the umpire, be distracting in any way. PENALTY for d.— A violator shall be given reasonable time to correct the situation. If it is not done, the violator shall be ejected from the game. 2017 OBR rule 3.07 (1.15) Pitcher’s Glove (a) The pitcher’s glove may not, exclusive of piping, be white, gray, nor, in the judgment of an umpire, distracting in any manner. No fielder, regardless of position, may use a fielding glove that falls within a PANTONE® color set lighter than the current 14-series. (b) No pitcher shall attach to his glove any foreign material of a color different from the glove. (c) The umpire-in-chief shall cause a glove that violates Rules 3.07(a) or (b) (Rules 1.15(a) or 1.15(b)) to be removed from the game, either on his own initiative, at the recommendation of another umpire or upon complaint of the opposing manager that the umpire-in-chief agrees has merit.
  2. Obstruction Q

    That is one sharp umpire in the video. Here’s the rule that supports the obstruction call made in this NCAA game: From the 2017-18 NCAA rule book (p. 33): Rule 2-55-Note 4 On a pickoff play at any base, the defensive player must clearly have possession of the ball before blocking the base with any part of the defensive player’s body. The umpire will call “That’s obstruction” and then signal and call “Time.” The ball is dead immediately, and the runner being played on is awarded one base beyond the last base he had attained before the obstruction.
  3. Backswing INT vs foul ball situation

    To answer Mr. maven, in at least OBR and NCAA the batter is out on a third strike follow-through interference. Here’s the official interpretation found in the 2014 PBUC (paragraph 7.14, pp. 74-75): "If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and in the umpire’s judgment unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of the batter on the follow-through or backswing while the batter is still in the batter’s box, it shall be called a strike only (no interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play… If this infraction should occur in a situation where the batter would normally become a runner because of a third strike not caught, the ball shall be dead and the batter declared out.” The same is true in the NCAA (rule 6-2d-1).
  4. Protection of Fielder(s) (on batted ball).

    The college rule isn’t any different than the FED or OBR. Here’s the relevant NCAA rule: NCAA rule 8-5-d. The runner interferes intentionally with a throw or thrown ball, or interferes with a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball. If a double play is likely, and the runner intentionally interferes with the fielder who is attempting to field or throw the ball, both runner and batter-runner shall be declared out; Note 1 If two fielders attempt to field a batted ball, the umpire shall determine which fielder is more likely to make the play and only that fielder is protected from interference by the runner.
  5. "play"

    I’d like to clarify something that Mr. grayhawk said earlier about the appeal rule in OBR. The rule does state the following: “5.09(c) Any appeal under this rule must be made before the next pitch, or any play or attempted play. If the violation occurs during a play which ends a half-inning, the appeal must be made before the defensive team leaves the field.” But just a little further in the same rule it explains (interprets) what the expression defensive team leaves the field means: “5.09(c)… For the purpose of this rule, the defensive team has “left the field” when the pitcher and all infielders have left fair territory on their way to the bench or clubhouse.” So, in that regard, the OBR appeal rule is the same as the Fed and NCAA.
  6. Passing 1st base after a walk

    From the 2016 BRD (section 114, p. 92): “A batter awarded first on a base on balls may not overrun the base. If he does, he is in peril of an out regardless of whether he feints or attempts an advance. (8-2-7, 5.1.4b; Website 2001 #2)” So, the BRD cites rule 8-2-7 and my copies of the 2015 and 2016 NFHS rule book each has a rule 8-2-7: “A batter-runner who reaches first base safely and then overruns or overslides may immediately return without liability of being put out provided he does not attempt or feint an advance to second. A player who is awarded first base on a base on balls does not have this right.” I do not have a copy of the 2017 Fed rule book. Are you saying, Mr. maven, that there is no rule 8-2-7 in the most recent rule book?
  7. Out or lodged ball?

    The idea that the rule book does not interpret itself would be news to the Playing Rules Committee. The following text appears in the front matter of the Official Baseball Rules on page (Roman numeral) v: “(2) The Playing Rules Committee, at its December 1977 meeting, voted to incorporate the Notes/Case Book/Comments section directly into the Official Baseball Rules at the appropriate places. Basically, the Case Book interprets or elaborates on the basic rules and in essence have the same effect as rules when applied to particular sections for which they are intended. “This arrangement is designed to give quicker access to any written language pertaining to an Official Rule and does not require a reader to refer to different sections of the Official Baseball Rules book in considering the application of a particular rule.”
  8. Sweet cards!

    The top two cards (the ones using italic font) were printed in 1989. The bottom two cards using roman font (the upright font) were printed in 1988 by T&M Sports (complete set of 63 cards). I believe T&M also printed a set of umpire cards in 1990. Your 2004 cards were printed by Topps and they called the set Bowman Heritage. That’s because the cards are using the same design as the 1955 Bowman cards which was the last year Bowman was in business. They were bought out by Topps after the 1955 print run. The 1955 Bowman set (which your 2004 cards are based on) had 320 cards of which 30 cards were of umpires. The umpire subset of cards was a complete failure. They were the first cards kids would throw away thus making a complete set of 1955 Bowmans a rarity (and worth about $8500).
  9. Fielder swats ball over fence - home run?

    According to the 2016 BRD, all three codes have the following interpretation: “It is a home run if a batted ball hits on top of the outfield fence and then bounds over in fair territory.” That is the official interpretation of the NFHS since 1985 handed down by Brad Rumble. In NCAA it has actually been incorporated into the rule book and can be found at rule 7-6 AR 2.
  10. Ball Hitting Top of Wall, Deflected Out by Fielder

    From the 2013 Wendelstedt Rules and Interpretations Manual (p.139): The top of an outfield fence is out of play; however, any part of the facing of the fence is not. If a ball hits the fence, clearly on its facing, it is no longer in flight and the award would not be four bases. However, if the ball hits an area at the top of the fence, if it continues over the fence into a dead ball or spectator area, it should be adjudged as hitting the top of the fence. If, though, it does not continue over the fence, but instead, immediately returns to the playing field, it should be adjudged as never leaving the playing field. It would be left in play. If a fielder grabs a ball on top of the fence before it has stopped, or before it has continued into a dead ball area, the ball will be alive and in play. Should the ball stop on top of the fence, the award will be four bases, as the ball is out of play.
  11. Game winning home run

    Official Interpretation: Rice for Wendelstedt School: The definition of a force play is a play in which a runner legally loses his right to occupy a base by reason of the batter becoming a runner. The force is removed if the forced runner touches his next base or a following runner is put out before he reaches his next base. Simply put, if a runner is put out for any reason prior to the force being removed, it is a force out. Abandonment would be no different. (2016 BRD, section 453, p. 301) Play: R1, R3, two outs, no count, tie score. The batter knocks a base hit. R3 scores on the play, but R1 runs off the field to celebrate believing the game is immediately over and is called out for abandoning his effort to run the bases. Ruling: Since R1 is called out for the third out on a force play, no run scores. (Adapted from the 2013 WRIM, play P489, p. 259)
  12. Dropped 3rd strike - Interference?

    Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: “When the batter-runner contacts an uncaught third strike, or hinders the catcher in his attempt to field the ball, the umpire will wait to see whether it has an interfering effect on the play. If the play is clearly interfered with, the umpire will call and signal interference and then call time. He will call out the batter-runner and return all other runners to their original bases.” (2016 BRD, section 291, p. 191) Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: (1) If the ball is barely affected, there may be no interference; however, if the ball is knocked a considerable distance away, interference is likely. (2) It no longer makes any difference whether the interference was avoidable. All that matters is whether interference CLEARLY occurred. (3) There is no “both-players-doing-their-job” exception as with batted balls out in front of the plate. (2016 BRD, section 291, p. 191)
  13. Triple Play in Phillies/Cubs Game

    I forgot to add that Mr. Jimurray was right about the rule change. MLB changed the definition of catch a few weeks into the 2014 season. The new rule took effect the night of April 25, 2014.
  14. Triple Play in Phillies/Cubs Game

    From the 2015 MLBUM (paragraph 65, p. 80): The umpire should find that a legal catch has occurred pursuant to Definitions of Terms, “Catch,” or valid force out or tag has occurred pursuant to Definitions of Terms, “Tag,” if the fielder had complete control over the ball in his glove, and drops the ball after intentionally opening his glove to make the transfer to his throwing hand. A legal catch does not require that the fielder secure possession or control of the ball in his throwing hand when making the transfer.
  15. Bases Awarded

    And here’s the applicable Official Baseball Rule: OBR 5.06(b)(3) (7.04) Each runner, other than the batter, may without liability to be put out, advance one base when: (H) One base, if a ball, pitched to the batter, or thrown by the pitcher from his position on the pitcher’s plate to a base to catch a runner, goes into a stand or a bench, or over or through a field fence or backstop. The ball is dead; APPROVED RULING: When a wild pitch or passed ball goes through or by the catcher, or deflects off the catcher, and goes directly into the dugout, stands, above the break, or any area where the ball is dead, the awarding of bases shall be one base. One base shall also be awarded if the pitcher while in contact with the rubber, throws to a base, and the throw goes directly into the stands or into any area where the ball is dead. If, however, the pitched or thrown ball goes through or by the catcher or through the fielder, and remains on the playing field, and is subsequently kicked or deflected into the dugout, stands or other area where the ball is dead, the awarding of bases shall be two bases from position of runners at the time of the pitch or throw.