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pnewton

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  1. pnewton

    Balk or no balk?

    This is a balk if playing under official baseball rules (obr). It is not a balk in NCAA or Fed (high school rules). So the simple answer is "it depends".
  2. Or just do it from on the rubber and only move the runner the one base. Would be hard to do this with a pitch in current mlb stadiums, but still.
  3. Tagging a player and tagging a base are different, that's the real issue here. It's not really about a forced runner or a not forced runner. I think OP believes that it would be an out to tag a forced runner with an empty glove. This is not the case at all. If tagging a runner the tag must be with the ball or the hand holding the ball (this includes the glove holding the ball). When tagging a base the fielder can touch the base with anything (i.e. foot) as long as they are holding the ball. Tagging a base doesn't just happen on force plays, it also happens on appeals and at first on ground balls. These are times the rules say tagging the base before the runner reaches that base results in an out. You could tag the base in almost any situation, it just wouldn't be an out if the rules don't say it is in that situation. If the OP had his way then there would need to be some special wording allowing a player to tag a base with their foot but not their hand, unless he wants fielder's to always have to reach down and tag the base with the glove holding the ball.
  4. Simple... It's not a trip
  5. pnewton

    Pitching questions

    Simple... There are no rules differences for righties and lefties, if one is allowed to do something so is the other. 1) Can a lefty step toward first and throw without moving the pivot foot? So can a righty. 2) Can a righty jabstep w pivot foot and step and throw? So can a lefty.
  6. It matters if the ball crosses the foul line, if it does it's a ball. It's probably also a wild pitch and a live ball so if runners decide to try to advance beyond the one they are entitled to a ball four they do so at their own risk. If the ball does not cross the foul line it is a balk and therefore not a pitch, so count stays 3-2.
  7. pnewton

    Infield Fly Rule

    Common understanding of IFF among players and youth coaches in my area is that you treat it like the ball is caught, even if it isn't. This would require runners to tag up if it were true. I think it was just a simple way to explain it to kids and it stuck like 10,000 other rules people think they know.
  8. Someone will get the exact reference but then player has to take the position on the mound and throw a warm up pitch. Just picking up the ball and tossing to a teammate isn't enough
  9. pnewton

    Tag up

    The only way the runner isn't required to retouch first base is if he had reached second before the pitcher started his pitching motion. Heading toward second isn't the same as reaching second.
  10. Watch the catcher actually catch (or not) the pitch. On strike three you may have to rule on if it was caught so get used to making that determination, then you can announce your call.
  11. pnewton

    HR or triple play

    Assuming R3 misses home on his way by rather than just not going there this is not passing. The runner is considered to have touched home unless or until the defensive team appeals that he missed the plate. If that happens that runner is out but the other three all score. Now one out and three runs in.
  12. A) 1 base B) 2 bases (not on pitcher's plate makes him an infielder) C) 1 base (this is considered still on the pitcher's plate) The base awards are among the most important rules, know them!
  13. pnewton

    Dropped third strike

    An uncaught third strike and a 3rd strike that hits the batter ate not the same thing. The batter knew he was out, that's why he didn't run. Runners do not advance on this either.
  14. There is something to be said for what the coach is asking for. If it's just "can you get help on that?" He means I don't like your call and maybe I will like the other guy's, so the answer is probably no. If it's "can you ask if he had the 1st baseman's foot on the bag?" Now I think maybe he did actually see something I didn't and I will ask my partner that same question... If there is a chance I actually missed it
  15. Massachusetts just adopted fed... This will be our first season with it. I expect confusion!
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