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  1. Runner off base

    From the 2014 PBUC (section 9.8, p. 103) (also in the 2018 MiBUM, p. 127): Play: Runner on first base, 3-1 count on the batter. Runner is stealing, and there is a check swing on the pitch. Plate umpire calls, “Ball; no, he didn’t go.” Catcher throws the ball to second base anyway, resulting in a play at second base where the runner is tagged before reaching second base. Ruling: The base umpire should watch the play closely but make no call on the play because when the tag play occurs at second base it actually is “Ball Four”—and will continue to be—until an appeal is made, and even then it will remain ball four unless the check swing is reversed. Therefore, after the play at second base is completed the base umpire should merely announce, “That’s ball four” in order to avoid any confusion on the part of the players. If the defensive manager or catcher requests an appeal on the check swing, the plate umpire will ask his partner for help. If the call is “No, he didn’t go” then the original call of ball four prevails. However, if the call is “Yes, he went,” the base umpire will emphatically call the appeal (“Yes, he went”) and then the umpire at second will turn and very emphatically call the runner out or safe at second base, depending on what he observed when the play occurred at second.
  2. BALK OR NO

    A jump turn is legal and is considered to be in contact with the rubber. You did not specify a rule set so I will give FED for now: NFHS Case Book Play 6.1.3 Situation J: R2. From the set position, F1 uses a jump turn. He comes down astride his plate with the nonpivot foot toward second base and throws or feints there. RULING: Legal. COMMENT: F1’s pivot foot shall contact the ground before he releases the ball. Since the pitcher did not legally disengage the rubber, if he did not throw to first after his jump turn it would be a balk.
  3. A save is a statistic credited to a relief pitcher, as set forth in this Rule 9.19. The official scorer shall credit a pitcher with a save when such pitcher meets all four of the following conditions (emphasis added): (a) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his team; (b) He is not the winning pitcher; (c) He is credited with at least 1/3 of an inning pitched; and (d) He satisfies one of the following conditions: (1) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; (2) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batters he faces); or (3) He pitches for at least three innings
  4. Runner off base

    Official Interpretation: PBUC: If a runner steps off a base as a result of the umpire’s improper call, that “is a correctable umpire’s error, and the umpire should nullify the out.” (Evans, JEA/9:6, concurs) Play: Runner on first base is stealing with a 3-1 count on the batter. The next pitch is called ball four, but the catcher throws the ball to second base anyway, and the runner is tagged before reaching the base. Umpire erroneously calls the runner out, and the runner, believing he is out, steps off the bag and again tagged by the fielder. Ruling: The runner left second base under the assumption that the runner was out; however, the out was declared as a result of umpire error. In this situation the runner should be returned to second base. This is a correctable umpire error.
  5. Dropped 3rd strike interference?

    Mr. maven, if, arguendo, your assertion is correct, how do you reconcile it with the FED definition of the term runner found in rule 2-30-2? NFHS rule 2-30-2—A runner is a player of the team at bat who has finished his time at bat and has not yet been put out. The term includes the batter-runner and also any runner who occupies a base. I read this to mean that, by definition, the batter in the OP never became a runner, a batter-runner, or a retired runner. He was out the instant he swung and missed (because first was occupied with less than two outs as in the OP). Yes, he can still run to first but that doesn’t give him the right to become a blocking back for his teammate attempting to score.
  6. Balk? Fake to third, fake to first...

    A high school pitcher does not have to disengage the pitcher’s plate when he makes a feint to third and then makes a throw to first. It is not a balk as it clearly states in case book play 6.2.4 C (posted earlier). But, apparently, just one case book play is not enough. So here’s a second one: NFHS Case Book Play 6.1.5 SITUATION: With R3 and R1, F1 steps and feints to third and then steps and throws to first attempting to pick off R1. The throw goes into dead-ball territory. The offensive team’s coach wants a balk to be called because the pitcher never threw the ball toward third. RULING: When the pitcher stepped off the pitching plate in his feint to third, he became an infielder. Hence, when his throw goes into dead-ball territory, all runners are awarded two bases. R3 gets home and R1 gets third. Had F1 stayed on the pitching plate during his feint to third and his throw to first, all runners would be awarded one base. R3 would get home and R1 would get second. This would not be a balk as F1 made a legal feint and a legal pickoff attempt with no prior motion to pitch.
  7. Strange Ground Rule Double

    OK, Mr. Richvee, you caught me taking a shortcut. I was trying to lazily answer Mr. stkjock’s question about stadium ground rules not actually providing any help. Believe it or not, the NCAA and the OBR do not address this question in the rules. But they do by interpretation—one based on a FED case book play. 2015 NFHS 8.3.3 SITUATION H: B1 hits a long fly ball to left field. F7 goes back to the fence, leaps, but is not able to touch the fly ball. The ball then rebounds off the fence, strikes the fielder’s glove and ricochets over the fence in fair territory. Is this a home run or ground-rule double? RULING: This would be considered a ground-rule double. To be a home run, the ball must clear the fence in flight. Action secondary to the hit (ball ricocheting off the fence and then off the fielder’s glove) caused the ball to go into dead-ball area. Therefore, the hit shall be ruled a ground-rule double. OBR Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: Same as FED official interpretation… Let me point out that the FED case book play says “in fair territory” but the ruling would be the same if the batted ball deflected over the fence in foul territory—a two-base award.
  8. Strange Ground Rule Double

    OBR rule 5.06(b)(4) Each runner including the batter-runner may, without liability to be put out, advance: (F) Two bases, if a fair ball bounces or is deflected into the stands outside the first or third base foul lines; or if it goes through or under a field fence, or through or under a scoreboard, or through or under shrubbery or vines on the fence; or if it sticks in such fence, scoreboard, shrubbery or vines;
  9. Solo Ump, Steal at 2B

    The most recent (2017-18) NFHS Umpires Manual has a very small chapter dealing with one-man mechanics. Here are the only two guidelines from it that might help to answer your question. The number one guideline is: As you move to get in position to view a play and make a call, angle takes priority over proximity. And number six is: On long-distance calls, the general guideline is if the ball beats the runner and the tag is down, call the runner out. And on a side note, I have an FIFY for Mr. maven. On a regulation diamond (90-foot bases), the distance from the tip of home plate to the center of second base is 127 feet 3 3/8 inches.
  10. Balk? Fake to third, fake to first...

    Mr. Charlie12212, when the pitcher in your scenario faked to first it was a balk—he has to throw to first after the legal fake to third. And the pitcher may make that throw with or without disengaging the rubber. Check out the following case book play. 2018 (also in the 2015 book) NFHS Case Book play: 6.2.4 Situation C: With R3 and R1, F1 comes set. He then feints toward third, or he removes one hand from the ball and makes an arm motion toward third but does not step toward third. He follows with a throw to first base. RULING: This is a balk. F1 must step toward third base when feinting there. F1 may not feint to first base. He must step toward the base and throw. He might, while he is on the plate, step toward occupied third and feint a throw, and then turn to step toward first and throw there with or without disengaging the pitcher’s plate. If F1 steps and feints to first, he must first disengage the pitcher’s plate or he is guilty of a balk.
  11. Set Position

    From the 2018 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual (section 6.19, p. 102): “When using the set position with runners on base, a pitcher must come to a complete stop with his front foot on the ground.” From the 2016 BRD (section 426, p. 284): FED Official Interpretation: Rumble: The pitcher may not have his non-pivot in the air when he comes to his stop. (4/89)
  12. Set Position

    Mr.maven, I am inferring from your question to Mr. isired that you think a pitcher can come set with his lead (non-pivot) foot in the air. Is that what you were implying? If so, could you give us a rule or case play supporting that please.
  13. Causes for MLB Umpire ERAs

    Nic, the chart can be used to see which umpires are pitcher friendly and which are hitter friendly. While it can provide fascinating stats for fans, this kind of information is used mainly by sports handicappers. I found the following online: “The purpose for keeping track of data on umpires is to learn of any biases that may be inherent in the way an individual umpire calls balls and strikes or shows sentiment for or against the home team. Psychological and other intangible factors might be used to explain why such behavior occurs. But we believe to just look at the results and use them in determining whether any biases are evident, subconscious or otherwise. “As handicappers we must be aware of the factors likely to have the greatest influences on the outcome of a game. Obviously the home umpire is the individual who exerts the greatest influence in a game since he makes a determination on any pitch that is not hit as to whether it is a ball or a strike. “… we use umpire data as a secondary factor in our handicapping. By that we mean that we do not use the data to put us on to a play. Rather, we use the data to supplement, reinforce or contradict a play otherwise selected. “As an example, if there is a game we are considering as an OVER play, and the home plate umpire has shown a very strong tendency to be involved in OVER games, our OVER play is strengthened. Conversely, if the home plate umpire has shown a strong tendency to be involved in UNDER games, we might back off our OVER play if it was only a marginal or lukewarm play using other factors. If it were a strong OVER play, we might still play the game OVER despite the umpire's strong UNDER tendency, but might cut back on the size of the play.”
  14. Delayed call puts runner at disadvantage

    From the 2017/2018 NFHS Baseball Umpires Manual: SAFE AND OUT CALLS. These must be made clearly, both verbally and with the proper signal. Players must know what the call is for the purpose of completing a play or moving on to another. Use your voice in such a way that everyone will know what is happening…
  15. LL situation - Did I call it correctly?

    From the 2018 Little League Make the Right Call— RULE 6.02(b) SITUATION: The batter steps out of the batter’s box without having “Time” granted after the pitcher has started his/her delivery. The pitcher delivers the ball and the umpire declares “No pitch.” RULING: This is incorrect. The pitch should be called either a ball or a strike but never “No Pitch.” Here’s the actual rule the interpretation is based on— 6.02(b) The batter shall not leave that position in the batter’s box after the pitcher comes to Set Position, or starts a windup. PENALTY: If the pitcher pitches, the umpire shall call “Ball” or “Strike” as the case may be.
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