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maven last won the day on June 17

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  1. Can you do anything here?

    Me too. This is baseball's equivalent of an inadvertent whistle in basketball or football: one side is going to be rather unhappy with the outcome (though in those sports the outcome is dictated by a specific rule).
  2. That's the one thing it can never be when runner and fielder collide, when the fielder is fielding a batted ball. Also: there is no such thing as rights.
  3. Protection is a tricky concept. It can be gained, transferred, lost, regained.... The purpose of protection is to give the defense adequate opportunity to field a batted ball without hindrance from the offense. The default should be: a fielder who is fielding a batted ball is protected from OBS. In this case, when the batted ball is hit to F1, he is the protected fielder. When it deflects more than a step/reach from him, he (briefly) loses his protection. "Losing protection" is an exception designed to be fair to runners: if contact with a fielder happens just after a fielder boots the ball (and because he boots it), we'll treat that as OBS. Then the ball rolls toward the foul line. The BR can see the ball and the fielder going for it. At that point, F1 regains his protection: because the BR has the opportunity to avoid F1, he must do so. INT.
  4. UIL State Tournament Batter interference

    Calling time when the throw sails way wide of 2B I can live with. If this is strike 2, and they called R1 out for the batter's INT... ick.
  5. Dropped third strike

    Sounds like MSU rules, but then, I don't know softball. In baseball, you're right.
  6. throwing glove

    No. Same ruling all codes. FED is the same as OBR: 3 base award: "three bases if a batted ball (other than in item a) is touched by an illegal glove or mitt, or by detached player equipment which is thrown, tossed, kicked or held by a fielder, provided the ball when touched is on or over fair ground, or is a fair ball while on or over foul ground, or is over foul ground in a situation such that it might become a fair ball."
  7. Balk

    The OBR balk rule is rather complicated to enforce, with many different conditions and scenarios. FED has far, far more officials and a much wider range of officiating ability than any other rule set, and so among their priorities for rules in all sports is ease of enforcement. The simplified balk rule is a result of that priority in action. The VAST majority of HS players do not go on to play NCAA, much less pro, baseball. The few who do are generally so dedicated to baseball that they have time in their lives and can pick it up as they go.
  8. Balk

    and the batter returns to the plate with his previous count.
  9. Batter interference at home plate

    10U? You have a point.
  10. Batter interference at home plate

    If there was in fact INT, this is the correct penalty, with R3 stealing. He didn't? What about this: I know the pro rule (which makes the batter's effort moot, BTW), but I would not interpret it so strictly at instructional levels. The defense screwed up first by putting the ball on the ground and giving R3 a chance to score. The batter did his part by vacating the plate area. At 10U I doubt the batter is putting himself in the line of the throw. I say play the bounce, no INT. If I saw video, I might have a different conclusion, but that's how it sounds from your account.
  11. You're picking a fight over something where (a) we don't disagree, and (b) it's completely irrelevant to the point of the post.
  12. The rule book definition of 'in flight', which is a condition of a batted ball being caught for an out, makes a ball in flight until it touches an object other than a fielder. Contrariwise, if all the batted ball has hit is a fielder(s) (head, foot, glove, whatever), then by rule it is still in flight and may be caught for an out. Except, of course, for a foul ball that strikes F2 other than in the hand or mitt....
  13. Hit By Pirch

    I swear, if this weren't the "Ask the Umpire" forum, I'd definitely be running with the "Hit by perch" thread title.