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  1. Mr. Recontra, here’s how Carl Childress explains (2016 BRD, section 287, p. 187) how FED rules on this question in the following play— Play 144-287: R1, 1 out, full count. R1 is moving on the pitch. B1 strikes out and interferes with the catcher’s attempt to throw out R1, who slides in safely at second. Ruling: In FED, if the catcher without the interference had a chance to retire R1, R1 is out. But if in the judgment of the umpire the catcher had no chance for the out, R1 returns to first. In NCAA/OBR, R1 is automatically out. Childress explains in an earlier note in the same sect
  2. You did not specify which rule set so we cannot answer definitively yet. If your game was played using high school rules we do have actual rules to give. However, I’ll go with Little League for now. I found a website called llumpires.com and I think it is owned by Kevin Hunter. His site is not directly associated with or endorsed by Little League. There is a blog about the topic of throwing bats that is dated June 10, 2016. Here is an excerpt that should help. I was at a Little League clinic at which Andy Konyar, who was then the Umpire-In-Chief for all of Little League, was asked this q
  3. This form of weak interference is actually considered to be catcher interference not batter interference. It is covered in 2019 Little League RIM rule 6.08(c) and in OBR in 2019 rule 5.05(b)(3) and its following Comment-- 2019 OBR rule 5.05(b)(3) The catcher or any fielder interferes with him. If a play follows the interference, the manager of the offense may advise the plate umpire that he elects to decline the interference penalty and accept the play. Such election shall be made immediately at the end of the play. However, if the batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a base on b
  4. Senor Azul

    stealing home

    The set, or anything preceding it, is not a motion to pitch. It's not a pitching motion until a pitcher is actually pitching. While I agree there is no pitching motion normally until coming set If you're going to make coming set part of the pitching motion, why not taking the mound? 2019 NFHS Case Book Play 6.1.3 Situation Q: With a runner on first, Team A right-handed pitcher is in the set position, bent at the waist and his pitching arm naturally hangs down slightly in front or to the side away from his body. As he looks to the catcher for a signal, (a) the pitcher’s a
  5. Senor Azul

    stealing home

    “Intent does not define a balk.” That’s right but it certainly can be a factor in an umpire’s decision to call a balk. It is even spelled out in OBR in its rule 6.02 and its following comment-- 2019 Rule 6.02(a ) Comment: Umpires should bear in mind that the purpose of the balk rule is to prevent the pitcher from deliberately deceiving the base runner. If there is doubt in the umpire’s mind, the “intent” of the pitcher should govern. However, certain specifics should be borne in mind: (A) Straddling the pitcher’s rubber without the ball is to be interpreted as intent to deceiv
  6. Senor Azul

    stealing home

    Ordinarily I like to have at least two different sources to support my opposing view of some issue being discussed here. But there is surprisingly little written about the topic of a pitcher pretending to be a pitcher. So far I only have one reference that actually spells out that a pitcher cannot fake a pitching position and it is from the 2017 Jaksa/Roder manual (chapter 18, p. 149): It is a balk if a pitcher who is NOT in-contact: Has the ball and tries to deceive a runner by using a motion obviously associated with a pitch or pitching position. [6.02(a)(7)] I think this auth
  7. Yes, it's still a home run and here's the rule-- 2019 OBR rule 5.12(b)(3) When an accident incapacitates a player or an umpire; (A) If an accident to a runner is such as to prevent him from proceeding to a base to which he is entitled, as on a home run hit out of the playing field, or an award of one or more bases, a substitute runner shall be permitted to complete the play. Here’s a real example— On Sept. 14, 2005, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 at the Skydome. The difference in the game came courtesy of second baseman Tony Graffanino, who launched a
  8. I believe that Mr. Vegas_Ump does mostly Little League so here are the relevant LL rules that pretty much support his post— 2019 LL RIM rule 4.05 - The offensive team shall station two base coaches on the field during its time at bat, one near first base and one near third base. The coaches shall not leave their respective dugouts until the pitcher has completed his/her preparatory pitches to the catcher. Base coaches shall- (c) remain within the base coaches’ boxes at all times, except as provided in Rule 7.11; INSTRUCTOR'S COMMENTS: ➔ It is common practice for a coach who
  9. 2019 OBR rule 6.01(f) Coach and Umpire Interference If a thrown ball accidentally touches a base coach, or a pitched or thrown ball touches an umpire, the ball is alive and in play. However, if the coach interferes with a thrown ball, the runner is out. 2019 NFHS rule 3-2 ART. 3 . . . No offensive team personnel, other than the base coach, shall be near a base for which a runner is trying so that a fielder may be confused; nor be on or near the baseline in such a way as to draw a throw; nor shall the base coach or members of the team at bat fail to vacate any area needed by a fielder
  10. NFHS 2011 Baseball Rules Changes 1-1-2 Addition: The umpire shall not accept the lineup card until all substitutes are listed. There is no penalty assessed. Rationale: Having all known substitutes listed will speed up substitution and player changes. A coach will still be able to add a substitute to the game with no penalty. Rule 1-1-2 now requires coaches to list all known substitutes on the lineup card before the umpire accepts it. Coaches will still be able to add a substitute without a penalty, but this should speed up substitutions and player changes during the game.
  11. Senor Azul

    stealing home

    2019 NFHS Case Book Play 7.3.5 Situation G: With no outs and F1 in the set position, R3 attempts to steal home. F1 legally steps backward off the pitcher’s plate and throws home. B2 hits the ball. Ruling: Typically, batter’s interference is a delayed dead ball in order to give the defense an opportunity to make an out on the initial putout attempt. Since the batter hit the ball, the defense was not afforded an opportunity to make a play. Therefore, the ball is declared dead immediately, R3 is out because of B2’s interference. (5-1-2a and dead ball table #25, 7-3-5, 8-4-2l) NCAA rule 7-1
  12. I originally posted the following in July 2019-- 2019 NCAA rule 8-3f. Visual obstruction by a defensive player may be called if a fielder interferes intentionally with a base runner’s opportunity to see the ball on a defensive play. PENALTY for f.—The umpire shall point and call “That’s obstruction.” The umpire shall let the play continue until all play has ceased, call time and award any bases that are justified in Rule 2. If a runner(s) advances beyond what the umpire would have granted and is put out, the runner(s) is out. The offender’s team shall be warned, and a second offense
  13. From the 2019 LL Rules Instruction Manual: Rule 2, definition of the term Catch and its following comments-- INSTRUCTOR'S COMMENTS: ➔ Runners may advance the instant the fly ball is touched by a defensive player. Also LL rule 7.08(d) Note tells us the same thing—NOTE: Base runners can legally retouch their base once a fair ball is touched in flight and advance at their own risk if a fair or foul ball is caught.
  14. Senor Azul

    Tagging up

    Here is the ruling in all codes-- 2019 NFHS rule 8 SECTION 2 TOUCHING, OCCUPYING AND RETURNING TO A BASE ART. 4 . . . If a fair or foul batted ball is caught, other than a foul tip, each base runner shall touch his base after the batted ball has touched a fielder. (See 8-4-1c for fielder intentionally dropping the ball and 8-4-2i for runner being put out.) PENALTY (Arts. 1-5): For failure to touch a base (advancing and returning), or failure to tag up as soon as the ball is touched on a caught fly ball, the runner may be called out if an appeal is made by the defensive tea
  15. 2019 NFHS Case Book Play 7.3.5 Situation G: With no outs and F1 in the set position, R3 attempts to steal home. F1 legally steps backward off the pitcher’s plate and throws home. B2 hits the ball. Ruling: Typically, batter’s interference is a delayed dead ball in order to give the defense an opportunity to make an out on the initial putout attempt. Since the batter hit the ball, the defense was not afforded an opportunity to make a play. Therefore, the ball is declared dead immediately, R3 is out because of B2’s interference. (5-1-2a and dead ball table #25, 7-3-5, 8-4-2l) NCAA rule 7-1
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