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  1. maven

    No Call?

    It IS written. It is NOT a rule.
  2. maven

    No Call?

    "Doing what they were supposed to do" is not part of any rule. The only consideration that might make this not runner INT is tangle/untangle, and maybe that's what PU ruled. In view of the BR's delay, we've seen similar plays ruled INT. I like INT for that reason.
  3. Here's today's play: The ruling is correct for NFHS. The advice ("The unsporting act...should be addressed separately.") invites the question: how should it be addressed? I know what I would do. How about you?
  4. Mine too. But if they use this system to vet rulings before publishing them in the magazine, their content will benefit.
  5. Thanks for posting, Andrew.
  6. Irrelevant. The issue is whether it's the same as it would have been had it not bounced. And the answer is: yes.
  7. The only thing a bounced pitch canNOT be is a called strike. All other rules are in effect.
  8. Recommend this mechanic: "That's a balk! No stop!"
  9. maven

    Detached Equipment

    OBR: one base (5.06(b)(3)(E)). FED: two bases (8-3-3c1).
  10. maven

    Intentional Walks

    The question has a false premise. There's no such thing as simultaneous in baseball. Something happened first. The other guy gets to make his decision based on that. Sometimes, you just gotta umpire.
  11. I don't know what people are reading into my statement. A fly ball that is uncaught does not require runners to retouch. This is a pretty basic claim. The "subsequently" refers to a bobbled fly ball: if caught after the bobble ("subsequently"), runners much retouch. If dropped after the bobble, no retouch required.
  12. There's a reason you never see this. Every time you think of a possible loophole, ask yourself: have I ever seen this? If not, assume it's illegal. Runners can leave once a fly ball is touched in all codes. Retouch is required only if the ball is subsequently caught.
  13. Sheltering in place, of course.
  14. There's no force play either way, catch or not. If BR is out on the catch, no force play. If out for passing, also no force play. Note that, if it's a catch, then R1 must still retouch, even if the BR is out for passing before the fielder catches the ball.
  15. No one will, because there is none. A rare absolute in baseball. As has already been said: the only thing a bounced pitch cannot be is a called strike.
  16. maven


    The runner is entitled to advance from 3B to HP by the award to the batter, which forces him to advance. When any runner passes a base without touching it, he acquires that base pending legal appeal. In this case, with no appeal, the run would count. I don't understand your last 2 sentences. For a live ball appeal, it's sufficient to tag the missed base—no requirement to tag the runner once he's that far from the missed base.
  17. Right: in general, it's the position of the ball, not the position of the fielder, that determines the status of the ball. A fielder touching a batted ball is never either necessary nor sufficient for a fair ball.
  18. maven


    R3 has until he enters the dugout ("leaves the field of play") to return and correct his error (8-2-6d). After a walk, the ball is live. If the defense makes a live ball appeal, then R3 should be ruled out. If the question is whether we can rule on the appeal before R3 enters the dugout, the answer is yes. A live ball appeal can be made immediately once R3 is not trying to reach the plate. For dead ball appeals, we must wait until runners have an "opportunity to complete their base-running responsibilities." But I would grant time (and hear a dead ball appeal) once R3 leaves the dirt circle around HP.
  19. Best advice I've seen.
  20. maven

    Interference or not?

    If R2 was that close to F6, then I'd lean toward INT. Contact (nor intent) is not required for INT, just hindrance. If F6 had been playing back and was 10+ feet from R2 when he went in front, then that would be nothing.
  21. maven


    When he's engaged. First he's not engaged, then he steps onto the rubber. When he's done, he's engaged. Sometimes, we just gotta umpire.
  22. maven

    5 Hole.....

    As the case plays indicate, the ruling turns on whether the fielder w/out the ball provides access to the base. It does NOT have to be the runner's preferred access, or the easiest route to the base from wherever he happens to be. Any access is sufficient to mitigate OBS. Some umpires confuse this part of the OBS rule with plays farther from the base. When a fielder is up the line or away from a base and a runner must deviate around him—even if the fielder has to move there to field a throw—that's OBS in FED. The different criteria are triggered by proximity to the base: it's not possible to deny access to a base without being right next to it. Farther away, and we'd be looking at other criteria for OBS.
  23. maven


    That's a balk. Jimurray has provided the reference. That's backward. It's not a balk until the pitching restrictions are in effect, which is after he engages the rubber.
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