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  1. From the 2015 NFHS Baseball Case Book: 6.2.1 Situation A: With no runners on base, F1 places his pitching hand on his mouth and distinctly wipes off his pitching hand prior to touching the ball, (a) while not touching the pitcher’s plate, (b) while touching the pitcher’s plate. RULING: (a) Legal; (b) illegal, and a ball shall be awarded to the batter’s count. 6.2.1 SITUATION B: With R1, F1 places his pitching hand on his mouth and distinctly wipes off his pitching hand prior to touching the ball (a) while not touching the pitcher’s plate or (b) while touching the pitcher’s plate in the set position. RULING: Legal in (a). In (b), the pitcher has balked and R1 is awarded second base. (6-1-3)
  2. The consensus seems to be that a runner who scores a run is then somehow exempt from most interference rules. If that is the case (even though there are no case plays, authoritative opinions, or official interpretations that support the assertion), why do the following interpretations exist? From the 2016 BRD (section 514, pp. 329-330): FED: A runner who has scored on a force play but is guilty of interference with a fielder nullifies his run. (2.32.2c; 8.4.2w) Official Interpretation: Rumble: A runner who has scored but is guilty of INTERFERENCE WITH A BATTED BALL keeps his run but causes a teammate to be out. (News 3/92 #8) OBR: Official Interpretation: Deary: The umpire will cancel a legally scored run if the runner who has scored is guilty of interference with a fair batted ball after crossing the plate. (Letter to Tom Hammill, editor of Referee, 10/14/87)
  3. From the 2016 BRD (section 459—Runner—No Body Control on Base, pp. 303-304): NCAA Official Interpretation: Paronto: “A legal tag that is forcefully applied to a runner can result in an out. When a runner is going into a base without body control and a forceful tag knocks him from the base, he is out.” OBR Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: A forceful tag should not be grounds for protecting a runner from being tagged while off his base. (2013 WRIM, p. 144) “A forceful tag is not, in itself, a knock or push by a fielder.” (2013 WRIM, p. 144, Fn 330) Case Play: R1, 1 out, 3-2 count. The batter singles to right. R1 attempts to go to third. As he slides headfirst over the top of the bag, he is able to hold the bag with the toes of his left foot. The third baseman applies a hard tag on R1’s foot, knocking it off the bag. Ruling: At all levels, R1 is out. (2013 WRIM)
  4. Official Baseball Rules 9.20 “When a player listed in the starting lineup is substituted for before he plays on defense, he shall not receive credit in the defensive statistics (fielding) unless he actually plays that position during the game. All such players, however, shall be credited with one game played (in batting statistics) so long as they are announced or listed on the official lineup card. 9.20 Comment: The official scorer shall credit a player with having played on defense if such player is on the field for at least one pitch or play.”
  5. From the 2016 BRD (section 98, pp. 84-85): OBR Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: If the umpire is hit by a carelessly thrown bat, he is “almost certain” to warn the batter that such action must be stopped. On the second offense, the player is told he will be ejected if he continues. On a third offense, the umpire should eject the offender. NCAA: Official Interpretation: Paronto: The umpire should address carelessly thrown bats with the appropriate head coach. There is no official warning. FED: A player may not carelessly throw his bat. (3.3.1x) PENALTY: team warning/ejection. (3-3-1c Pen)
  6. From the 2016 Baseball Rules Differences by Carl Childress (section321, p. 213): OBR Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: Equipment used by on-deck batters is on the field legally and cannot create interference. Case Play: The batter pops up. The ball is coming down close to the on-deck circle. As the catcher goes to field the ball, he runs into a bat leaning against the backstop. The ball drops in front of the catcher. Ruling: The umpire should signal that it’s nothing. This is simply a foul ball. To reinforce this here is what the Jaksa/Roder manual says about equipment in the on-deck circle: “Bats and accessories used on the on-deck circle should be localized, and minimized in number, during a team’s at-bat, and removed to the dugout (or other DBT) while that team is on defense. “There is no interference (assuming no intent) if a live ball strikes or touches equipment on LBT. Also, there is no interference if a fielder is unable to make a play due to contact with an inadvertently placed piece of equipment on LBT.”
  7. From the 2016 BRD (section 10, p. 22): OBR: The right to appeal is canceled if EITHER TEAM initiates a play. (5.09c) From the 2015 Cal Ripken rule book (p. 2): “ …Cal Ripken Baseball strives to play under rules as close to the Official Baseball Rules as possible.” Rule 7.10 (p. 76 of the Cal Ripken rule book): “Any appeal under this rule must be made before the next pitch, or any play or attempted play.” So, if the play was indeed continuous action from the batted ball then the appeal at third base is allowed. But, if the runner at first had stopped and did not break for second until the appeal started and the defense attempts to put the runner from first out, then the appeal opportunity at third is lost.
  8. Since the OP did not specify a rule set, I will answer with a case play from Fed—7.3.5 SITUATION G: With no outs and F1 in the set position, R3 attempts to steal home. F1 legally steps backward off the pitcher’s plate and throws home. B2 hits the ball. RULING: Typically, batter’s interference is a delayed dead ball in order to give the defense an opportunity to make an out on the initial putout attempt. Since the batter hit the ball, the defense was not afforded an opportunity to make a play. Therefore, the ball is declared dead immediately. R3 is out because of B2’s interference. (5-1-2a, 7-3-5, 8-4-2l) And in the video of Justin Verlander pitching against the Oakland A’s, he was charged with a balk (for an illegal pitch with a runner on). The runner was on first base—there was no runner at third. It’s in the box score and play-by-play of the game that can be found at
  9. I think the NCAA rule cited earlier is rule 6-4a and I do not think it is the applicable rule to the OP. Let’s try NCAA rule 4-8 instead: Nongame Personnel Interference SECTION 8. If there is interference with a live batted or thrown ball by anyone other than players, coaches or umpires, the umpire shall rule as to its being intentional or unintentional. a. If it is intentional, the ball shall be declared dead at the moment of the interference, and the umpire shall award the offended team appropriate compensation that, in his opinion, would have resulted had interference not taken place. 1) It is intentional interference if a coach, bat person, photographer or home field attendant fields, kicks or pushes a ball, regardless of possible motives. 2) The umpire shall declare intentional interference and award just compensation, be it an out, extra bases, etc., if a spectator intentionally reaches out of the stands or goes out onto the playing field. The ball is dead immediately. b. If it is unintentional interference, the ball is live and in play. It is unintentional interference if a base coach, bat person, photographer, etc., tries to evade the ball and it touches the individual or if it touches such person without the person being aware the ball was coming. c. It is not interference if, as the player is going outside the playing field during a play, a spectator i
  10. Thank you, Mr. noumpere. I thought it was strange that the rule you cited used the term golf glove. That’s why I asked. I also have a 2014 edition of the PBUC and that bit of text you quoted appears (paragraph 3.13 on page 20) as: “No pitcher shall be allowed to wear a batting glove while pitching. Other defensive players may wear a batting glove on their glove hand, but they shall not rub the ball with the batting glove on their hand.”
  11. Mr. noumpere, could you give us a full citation for the rule (2.10) you cited please. Which rule book or case book did it come from?
  12. In NCAA and Fed there is rule support to stop this kind of behavior. NCAA rule 5-17 Verbal Abuse (Bench Jockeying) SECTION 17. Game personnel shall not use language that will, in any manner, refer to or reflect negatively upon opposing players, coaches, umpires or spectators. Any orchestrated activities by dugout personnel designed to distract, intimidate, or disconcert the opposing team or reflect poor sportsmanship shall not be allowed. PENALTY—The umpire shall warn the offending individual and the coach one time. If the verbal abuse continues after the warning, the offender shall be ejected. If the verbal abuse continues after the first ejection, the head coach shall be ejected along with any other offending personnel. Note An individual ejected for bench jockeying shall not be suspended unless it is unsportsmanlike in nature. Federation Official Interpretation: Hopkins: A team has developed an orchestrated team action to cheer on a teammate to get a rally going. As long as the action is within the spirit of fair play and not intended to induce a balk, create a distraction for the other team, or intimidate/demean them, the action is legal. EXCEPT: A team may not pound bats in the dugout when a pitcher begins to deliver. That is obviously intended to gain an advantage and will not be permitted. (Website 2014 #12) (also 3-3-1g, 3-3-1g Pen, and 3.3.1g, h, I, and j)
  13. I think the "MJ" part is in remembrance of the following former MLB umpire: Mark Stephen Johnson (November 18, 1950 – October 26, 2016) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1979 to 1999, wearing uniform number 25 when the AL adopted them in 1980. Johnson was an umpire in the 1993 World Series and the 1990 and 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In his career, he umpired 1,979 Major League games.
  14. Here’s the relevant Official Baseball Rule: OBR 3.03 (1.11) Player Uniforms (b) (1.11(a)(2)) Any part of an undershirt exposed to view shall be of a uniform solid color for all players on a team. Any player other than the pitcher may have numbers, and /or letters, insignia attached to the sleeve of the undershirt. And here’s a case play from the 2013 WRIM (pp. 282-283): A substitute pitcher enters the game in the middle of an inning and the plate umpire notices that he is wearing a warm-up sleeve just on his non-pitching arm. Ruling: The umpire should immediately have the pitcher either remove the warm-up sleeve, or put on another sleeve on his throwing arm, in order that the sleeves are approximately the same length.
  15. From the 2016 Baseball Rule Differences by Carl Childress (section 338, p. 222): R1, R2, 0 outs. B1 pops up on the first-base line. The umpire declares: “Infield fly if fair.” As F3 is waiting in fair territory to catch the fly, BR bumps into him. The umpire calls: “That’s interference!” The ball remains alive. The first baseman touches the ball in (a) fair territory and makes the catch; or (b) foul territory and drops the ball. Ruling: In (a) and (b), BR is out. In (a), the ball remains alive: BR is out on the infield fly, and the umpire ignores the interference. The defense may play on R1 or R2. In (b), BR is out for interference, and the ball is immediately dead. Runners remain TOI. Case play covers all three codes.