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  1. R3 only. R3 breaks for the plate, but before he gets to the plate, F1 beans the batter. Same sitch but R3 scores before the pitch hits the batter. What do you have? Thanks. Mike Las Vegas
  2. No. Don't look for trouble. Mike Las Vegas
  3. Well, I had a visiting team where two guys hit for the cycle.........in the first inning! Mike Las Vegas
  4. For completeness, I am going to throw in my $0.02 worth. If there is a pitch that is caught by F2, It is possible that the Batter Interference rule can apply. And you expect that the batter should (must?) stay in the box so as NOT to interfere. BUT, if there is a wild pitch or passed ball, it's now a defensive play, and the batter must get out of the way for subsequent action. [I am trying to dispel the "myth" that the batter's box is ALWAYS a sanctuary.] If the batter gets in the way of a defensive play (judgement!), he might be called out under DEFINITIONAL OFFENSIVE INTERFERENCE
  5. It's the umpire's judgement: Did he go? Might have to ask your partner! Hit batsman involved? If you judged that he did go, it's a strike. If you judged that he didn't, batter gets first. In either case, the ball is dead. What could be more simple? Mike Las Vegas
  6. Absolutely right! You call it right away! That would be out #3, and since R3 had not legally scored, no runs score. Had there been fewer than 2 outs when the play started, all other runners who legally touch home would score. In this case a max of two. Yes, PU should have come up large and in charge and called it, but the play continues. See if the other runners just give up and abandon their positions. (Punish stupidity whenever possible.) I had a play like this as U3 in the LLWS District 10 tournament in Virginia. 3B coacher had R3 tagging up on a popup. 1B coacher sent R2
  7. Jeff: All excellent points. I guess I was looking in the idiom of an infielder receiving a throw from another or like the turn on a double play attempt. [I sorta had some "help" from ESPN at a WR Tourney in 2017 on a play at first.] Outfield geometry is truly different. Thanks. Mike
  8. Here is a good way to judge it. If the ball is in the glove and then the fielder goes for it and the ball drops STRAIGHT DOWN, that's a not a catch! The release of the ball was not intentional/voluntary. You can make the claim that there was not SECURE control of the ball in the first place. If however, the ball goes out at an angle, you can claim that the fielder added impetus to the ball, and that's why it went out that way. Thus he did have control of the ball in the glove. That's a catch and drop on transfer. This is the way WRLL teaches it. Mike Las Vegas
  9. Vegas_Ump

    Tantrum

    That you, Ed?
  10. OK, do you see a difference between "Batter Interference" and "Interference by a teammate--Definitional 'Offensive Interference'" I think so, and intent is differently interpreted. Especially in lower levels, the batters may just not have a clue but their standing in the way of a throw could constitute Offensive Interference as defined. This is where the little kids need help and judgement. On the other hand, if a pitch is CAUGHT, and the batter tries to get in the way of F2 and his throwing morion to retire a stealing runner, you have BI. And you must judge a lot more intent.
  11. Funny how an ad popup on this thread shows sports outerwear jackets all of a sudden! LOL! Mike
  12. Funny story I heard in Poland. Right before the game, the umpires are checking on the field, when an assistant coach says, "Let' get this G*****D******ed game started!" The umpire felt that their authority didn't quite apply yet, but he wanted to make a point. So he glibly responded, "Coach, don't you dare blaspheme on my field!" Gotta love that! Mike Las Vegas
  13. OK, if the catcher just gives up and does not attempt to throw, I got nothing. If he balks the throw because the batter is in the way (or throws wild) I have Offensive Int. Is that what your post suggests? That's where I think we have a fine line. Mike
  14. Vegas_Ump

    Stealing home

    Did the pitcher toe the rubber and deliver? That's a pitch! If F2 comes out, that CI. The batter has every right to offer at the pitch legally. Yes, score the run. Did the pitcher disengage before he threw home? If so, he's a fielder and the batter's actions are interference with a defensive play. Mike Las Vegas
  15. I do mainly 60' Little League, and I always have arguments about the following situations: R2, batter takes a Wild Pitch/Passed Ball. R2 breaks for 3rd and after the catcher gathers the baseball.......... 1. Batter remains in the box and the catcher does not attempt a throw to 3B. 2. Batter remains in the box or even starts backing out; catcher winds up to throw but balks because batter is in the way. 3. Batter is backing out and the catcher throws and hits the batter or throws wild to 3B. What's you call? Feel free to rule by other rulebooks too. I toss this u
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