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noumpere

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  1. While I agree with you IRL that we need to watch the fielder, the question clearly indicates " just before the right fielder can make the grab ." The question is about how to enforce fan interference, not how to judge it.
  2. Fan interference is a "god" rule -- the umpire determines what would have happened and makes it so. It can occur when a fan reaches over the playing field; it cannot occur if the ball is over the stands. Given that, I think you can answer the test question.
  3. Should the base umpire intervene?

    The best thing the base umpire can do here is learn a game management techniques from a more experienced umpire. (Recognizing that sometimes you might learn what not to do, and that any given technique might not work in any given situation.)
  4. Batter interfere

    Almost always. The (rare) exception would be when BR does not have an opportunity to move out of the way. Having an opportunity to move and not taking it, or attempting to move, but going "the wrong way" is interference.
  5. triple play???

    If we ignore the out on R2, then this just becomes a "F5 throws to F3 to retire the BR -- can R1 return?" question that is easily answered by all umpires / players / coaches. For some reason, adding the "extra" out on R2 gets everyone (well, some) confused and they think the rules are somehow different. If we just simplify it, it's easy.
  6. Obstruction at 1st base

    You kind of need to read into it that BR was not attempting second, nor was the ball far enough away that the contact prohibited him from trying for second, and that F3 was still in the act of attempting the catch. Since FED OBS requires a base award, the best call here (given the above) is no call.
  7. Obstruction at 1st base

    PArt of this depends on the rules code. (a) is (generally) OBS in FED; nothing in OBR. (b) is (generally) nothing in OBR (I forget the FED ruling on this). (c) is generally OBS in both.
  8. Momentary adjustments

    I'm not saying you were worng, because I wasn't there - -but this should not enter into it -- it was already illegal (or legal) by then
  9. Who's call is it

    Yep -- both PU and BU need to figure out in the blink-of-an-eye what the "real" play is and who is going to watch what and the other umpire needs to watch the rest. It's part of the "art" of umpiring (v. the science of it). When it's done right, both umpires know it -- and no one else does.
  10. Does a LH pitcher have to disengage to throw to first? No. Do the rules have different requirements for a RH pitcher and a LH pitcher? No. So, can a RH pitcher throw to first without disengaging? Yes. (Note that when a pitcher goes to / toward the balance point, the rules *might seem* to be different -- a LH pitcher can then throw to first; a RH pitcher cannot. But, the difference is not in the rule -- it's in the base being faced. A RH pitcher can go to / toward the balance point and throw to third (assuming it's occupied, or a runner is attempting or feinting an advance); a LH pitcher cannot. Same rule.)
  11. Rule 4.09

    It's been the OBR rule for as long as I can remember. Only BR and R3 need advance. (The "change" might be the clarification that this only applies on "awards" sucha as a walk and not on balls in play.
  12. Tag runner on half-off helmet - out?

    Nope. I meant that the rule is "completely off" (answering the OP where the helmet is "coming off") and that the benefit of the doubt when determining that goes to the defense.
  13. Tag runner on half-off helmet - out?

    Between "completely on and worn as intended" and "clearly off and no longer part of the person" there's a grey area where the helmet goes from "loose" to "falling off" to "barely on" to "barely off, but only visible through slo-mo replay" to ... If you can't tell that it's "clearly off and no longer part of the person" consider it "on" and get the out.
  14. The rule book does also use the term "forced to retreat" (or similar)
  15. Base award

    I remember discussing it when it came out -- and "all" agreed the case was mistaken and this was, as written, a balk.
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