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  1. Batter-runner (any any other runner for that matter) must avoid a defensive player attempting to field a batted ball. Fielder being in the line between the bases doesn't change that. If that contact was malicious then yes, batter runner may be ejected.
  2. Cancelled games: if 1 hour notice then nothing, if less pay half fee. Rain delays: nothing extra or special Working solo: fee and a half Incomplete games: full fee
  3. 1: I believe this is illegal in Fed (I don't work fed games) but is legal in OBR. Pitchers must declare if they are in windup or not, but that motion itself isn't illegal. 2: It is a balk to feign to first base while in contact with the pitcher's plate, so yes, that's a balk.
  4. I have no problem as described. Foot can go behind pitchers plate and still come home, I would say same for the knee. Possible there is something really funky but I don't see it in my head from this description.
  5. Pitcher may throw to a base for the purpose of making a play. Umpire judgment as if that's what the pitcher was really doing, but if runner is out at second or is now in a rundown then the pitcher was making a play.
  6. Ever watch a pro game where a batter is hit by a pitch and charged the mound? Was that batter both ejected and called out or was he ejected and now a substitute was on base? Did they pretend that HBP didn't happen and start over with a new batter? At bat counts. Home run counts.
  7. It's a caught ball. If we aren't going to let runners advance because it's a foul ball then why is the batter out?
  8. pnewton

    Does the run count?

    No, the rule is that no runs can score on a play where the third out is made on a force or (as is the case here) by the batter before safely reaching first base.
  9. So "sharp and direct" from the bat to the glove and is caught. This is the rule book definition of a foul tip. It's strike two and the runner may advance. In other words treat it like a swing and miss as long as the catcher legally caught the pitch. Many people use the term foul tip incorrectly, but this is actually it.
  10. pnewton

    Force Removed?

    Not sure if you mean why isn't this treated as an exception or why isn't there an exception in the rules. The answer to the first is that there are no exceptions to this rule. This was a play where the third out was recorded on a force out. I can't answer the second as I wasn't there when they wrote the rules.
  11. The reality is that unless it's really egregious it's not going to be seen. Base umpires are too far away and the plate umpire needs to be focused on the pitch. No one is specifically watching for this.
  12. pnewton

    Balk or no balk?

    This is a balk if playing under official baseball rules (obr). It is not a balk in NCAA or Fed (high school rules). So the simple answer is "it depends".
  13. Or just do it from on the rubber and only move the runner the one base. Would be hard to do this with a pitch in current mlb stadiums, but still.
  14. Tagging a player and tagging a base are different, that's the real issue here. It's not really about a forced runner or a not forced runner. I think OP believes that it would be an out to tag a forced runner with an empty glove. This is not the case at all. If tagging a runner the tag must be with the ball or the hand holding the ball (this includes the glove holding the ball). When tagging a base the fielder can touch the base with anything (i.e. foot) as long as they are holding the ball. Tagging a base doesn't just happen on force plays, it also happens on appeals and at first on ground balls. These are times the rules say tagging the base before the runner reaches that base results in an out. You could tag the base in almost any situation, it just wouldn't be an out if the rules don't say it is in that situation. If the OP had his way then there would need to be some special wording allowing a player to tag a base with their foot but not their hand, unless he wants fielder's to always have to reach down and tag the base with the glove holding the ball.
  15. Simple... It's not a trip
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