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Rich Ives

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  1. Agree. Can't be interference if there was no hindrance.
  2. Rich Ives

    Ejection

    It was called correctly.
  3. Rules misinterpretation. Protest now available.
  4. Rich Ives

    Legal action?

    No debate. It's in black and white. 6.02 Pitcher Illegal Action (a) Balks If there is a runner, or runners, it is a balk when: (7) The pitcher makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch while he is not touching the pitcher’s plate;
  5. Rich Ives

    Interference

    If it was an IFF the batter is automatically out and R1 is not forced to advance, thus he can stay at 1B. Right call.
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    Pitching

    In OBR you can do a pickoff from windup.
  7. Flash was really common in the film days. Players didn't get distracted. Media pros had semi-permanent setups at indoor arenas to shoot sports. Most cameras these day do an auto flash. You have to turn it off. (if you know how) Flash distance varies by ISO and flash angle settings. My small external flash is good up to 60 feet. The old handle flashes could be good up to 200 feet (I had a Honeywell Strobonar).
  8. Frustrating because it's easy to look up and people are off in the ether with it.
  9. What would you call the hidden ball trick?
  10. LOOK THINGS UP! IT'S NOT HARD! 2019 OBR The PERSON of a player or an umpire is any part of his body, his clothing or his equipment. Definition of Tag touching a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball (not including hanging laces alone) For purposes of this definition any jewelry being worn by a player (e.g., necklaces, bracelets, etc.) shall not constitute a part of the player’s body.
  11. The ball dropped two feet to the right of 2B and no infielder had a chance with the shift but F8 not playing shallow could get close? MAJOR CROCK! It's an IFF.
  12. There's a separate rule for home plate for a reason.
  13. Malicious usually includes specific actions and/or intent to injure.
  14. Really? If the ball hit them would they protect or injure?
  15. Rule reads: "A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher, or otherwise initiate an avoidable collision." It's TWO requirements. 1) He many not deviate (alter his path) in order to initiate contact. aka he may not deviate (alter his path) for the purpose of creating contact. 2) He may not initiate an AVOIDABLE collision. AND THE OFFICIAL IN THE BOOK COMMENT on your blocking question If a catcher blocks the pathway of the runner, the umpire shall NOT find that the runner initiated an avoidable collision in violation of this Rule 6.01(i)(1). The whole comment Rule 6.01(i)(1) Comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 6.01(i), or otherwise initiated a collision that could have been avoided. A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher. In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher. If a catcher blocks the pathway of the runner, the umpire shall not find that the runner initiated an avoidable collision in violation of this Rule 6.01(i)(1). So I think your friend is right.
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