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  1. Hm. These cases almost never go to trial—they always settle. Those two must really detest each other. Somebody has the negotiating strategy used by some parties in divorce: "if he agreed to it, then it must be a bad deal for me." A New York bankruptcy filing will not make this go away for Lo Duca, though it might get him back to the last settlement offer he turned up his nose at.
  2. The fielder did NOT miss the tag: he had possession of the ball while still in contact with the 2B bag (slow it frame-by-frame and see for yourself). In review, this aspect of the call was confirmed. For FED/NCAA, the fielder is protected from this contact whether or not he makes or has made a play on the sliding runner. R1 would be guilty of a FPSR violation even if the ball hadn't arrived yet.
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    Little league

    Yes, this certainly sounds like batter INT (it's hard to assess judgment calls based on verbal descriptions). When a batter has time, he must clear the plate area and avoid hindering the defense playing on R3 stealing. If he actually moved into the play, that almost certainly is INT, regardless of the time element. R3 stealing is a special case for batter INT. With less than 2 out, R3 is out, other runners (if any) return, and the batter resumes his PA. With 2 outs, the batter is out and the inning is over (run does not score). That's the rule in other codes, and I assume LL is the s
  4. What you heard isn't wrong, but MLB has level-specific interpretations not shared by other pro leagues. And amateur ball typically supplements pro rules, as I mentioned, with safety rules. Pro rules are written for adult men playing a professional game, and they are in many ways unsuitable for amateur and youth players and games.
  5. The evidence provided in the incident concerns pro baseball, in particular MLB, and not all OBR. And that evidence is that this kind of slide satisfies the pro requirement to slide to the base. MLB umpires and supervisors get to say what the rules mean for their games. No INT. Many amateur leagues supplement OBR with slide rules, and some of those simply adopt FED's slide provisions (with or without the FPSR). Without seeing the specific language, it's hard to know, but if FED is the model this would be a FPSR violation (illegal slide).
  6. Yes, quite a few. It takes a little recalibration, and a patient whistle. Fortunately, my crew has excellent whistle discipline, so we have not had much trouble with that. We did miss a huge targeting foul by one team, because one of the wings came off his key too fast looking for the ball. Still regret that one.
  7. I hope you were defending "batter INT." 7.3.5I SITUATION: With a runner on third base and one out, B3 receives ball four for a base on balls. B3 takes several steps toward first base and then realizes he is still holding onto the bat. With his dugout on the third base side, he stops and tosses the bat in front of home plate towards his bench. As he tosses the bat, F2 throws the ball to third in an attempt to put out R3. The ball contacts the bat in mid-air and is deflected into dead-ball territory. RULING: The ball is dead. Interference is declared on the batter. If R3 had been
  8. maven

    LHP Feint to 3rd

    Yes, for exactly the reason you mention: no rule prohibits it. FED has not (yet?) adopted OBR's ban on feinting to 3B. And, as with any legal feint, a step is required (satisfied in your situation by the jump turn). The LL guys can correct me, but last I heard LL had not adopted that provision of OBR either.
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    Or, as we might put it without any ambiguity: Hardly surprising that umpires stumble on the logic of the syntax. (For the unwashed, that expression means roughly, for any fair batted ball, runner, and fielder where the ball hits the runner, if either the ball has not passed a fielder or there is no other fielder who can make a play, then the runner is out. You're welcome.)
  10. Yes. All codes agree on all of this.
  11. Hm, something is fishy here. College-level umpire (even D3 are really good around here) and he ejects a player? I'm guessing the description is not entirely accurate. I'd prefer to hear the umpire's version before judging the adequacy of the EJ. We can afford to be a bit more judicious and circumspect with this brother umpire—not saying he's right, only reserving judgment. IF everything happened as described, and IF the contact was clearly incidental, THEN there should be no EJ.
  12. I've never heard that term. This is a step balk. I've seen it only in younger pitchers who think they've discovered a great new move that pro pitchers haven't found yet. Often their coaches are as surprised as their player to learn that it's illegal. A common, though not required, mechanic would be "Balk! Time! That's a balk! No step!" Where there's no step at all, I don't recommend explaining distance & direction, terms which do not appear in the rule book (they're used in the interpretation of what constitutes a step). Just explain that by rule a pick from the rubber must
  13. Not big enough. If there's hindrance, it's not obvious or visible from this camera angle. Were I your supervisor and you had ruled batter INT on this play, I'd ask you to show me on the video how F2 was hindered.
  14. Wow. Record zombie thread. Congrats.
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