Catcher's Interference on Steal of Home in Ask the Umpire Posted 14 hours ago · Report reply 47 minutes ago, Richvee said: I have to question the validity of this statement. If, as in the J/R interp's example, "The batter takes two or three steps backwards during the pitch"....., he is no longer in a legal batting position. He'd be out of the box and even if he threw the bat at the ball and made contact it would be an illegally batted ball. Can a catcher actually interfere with a batter who is illegally trying to bat a ball? On the other side of the coin, I agree... how do you call a "pitch" that hasn't reached the strike zone because F2 stepped up and caught it before it got there? This play seems to be catcher interference with a pitch more than catcher interference with a batter. I think the pitch could be called a ball by definition. I lean towards CI for any move over HP but real world has it not called even with batters in the box with bat on their shoulder. Two triple steals in NCAA might actually have been CI.