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Comment by Michael Paes on March 15, 2014 at 10:04am


Stray thought after watching Sportscenter top ten.  Is there anything in the rules preventing a pitcher from using a softball style windmill delivery?  Not sure it could be done from the stretch, I am surprised no one has tried it, with the speed and movement softball pitchers get.

I know Satchel Paige and others windmilled at the start of their deliveries, but it wasn't done for momentum, like the softball delivery.


Comment by Michael Richards on August 31, 2012 at 2:45pm

I wanted to post a video of my leadoff plate appearance in the MSBL World Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium last year but it exceeded the 100mb limit.  That is because I struck out by taking 6 straight balls.  It should have been a shorter video exept for the fact that the umpire in order to speed up the game called more strikes than he should have.  Three more in this at bat.  Why do umpires believe that a large strike zone speeds up the game?  The only thing poor umpiring like this does is hurt the desire to ever fork out 100s of dollars to participate in tournaments.  In the video you can see the catcher move further outside with each call.  You also can see the umpire lean over to the outside every time the catcher moves.  One person did not move to get to the outside pitch and that was me, the batter.  The plate did not move either but for some reason, the umpire and the catcher had their own little cute game going on.  After going 3 and 1 on the first four pitches out of the zone, why did the catcher continue to move further away?  He knew something that the batter was not aware of.  Why would the pitcher want to walk the lead off hitter? Why would he not throw at least one pitch over the plate?  The catcher and the umpire conspired to cheat me out of my at bat.  Call it what it is.  It is cheating.

Comment by David LeVine on August 1, 2012 at 7:07am

Thanks, guys.  I thought it was a timing play.  Now I know it is a time of pitch not at time of violation.  Oh, well, we won anyways.

Comment by Perry Lee Barber on July 31, 2012 at 8:20pm

Absolutely correct, Kip and Larry. interference on the batter/runner, the ball is dead, and no runners may advance or score on the play. From The Official Baseball Rules: Rule 2.00, Definition of Terms, Interference: If the umpire declares the batter, batter-runner, or a runner out for interference,
all other runners shall return to the last base that was in the judgment of the
umpire, legally touched at the time of the interference, unless otherwise
provided by these rules.
Rule 2.00 (Interference (a)) Comment: In the event the batter-runner has not reached first base, all runners shall return to the base last occupied at the time of the pitch.

Not a time play, David, no way. The batter/runner who interfered with a fielder in the act of fielding a batted ball is out, the ball is dead, and all runners must return to the base they occupied at the time of the pitch. Like Larry said, keep it simple!

Comment by Kip Gross on July 31, 2012 at 4:06pm


if the interference happens before the runner gets to 1st base the runner has to return to 3rd base. 

Comment by Larry Cicchiello on July 31, 2012 at 11:40am

Hi David. Let's keep this simple. A run can NEVER score on runner's interference!!! With less than two outs, ALL runners must return to base occupied at time of pitch. In your case, 3 outs and run does NOT count. If there were one or no outs, your runner should be sent back to 3B.  

Comment by David LeVine on July 31, 2012 at 9:20am

I had a runner on 3rd and broke on contact.  Batter hits a chopper right down the 1st baseline and collides with the pitcher fielding the ball.  We all know the batter is out for interference and deadball.  I tried to argue the run counts since he crossed the plate before the violation therefore he does not go back to 3rd since it is a timeing play. 

Does anyone know the correct rule?

Comment by Steven Dumont Sr on August 23, 2011 at 5:45pm
About a month ago I bought the ChampPro chest protector from Ump-Attire and It's very comfortable, light weight, hard shell, moisture wicking material and offers a lot of protection. I went with the extender for more coverage in the stomach area. I have not been hit since I've had it, but it looks to be just as good as the West Vest for a lot cheaper price tag. I also bought the ChampPro legs guards and they extend above the knees. Great fit and great protection. We will see how it goes with fall ball.
Comment by Mark Cassler on August 23, 2011 at 7:48am
I think that's great. Good luck.
Comment by Jackie O'Dell on August 23, 2011 at 1:57am
Hello fellow umpires. I have been calling this wonderful game for over twenty years, I am a AAA high school umpire in the Eastern Virginia area. Unfortunately, I have missed almost all of the past two seasons due to circumstances beyond my control. In april, 2010, I had open heart surgery, which pretty much shut last season down. I worked hard to get into shape and fought with the doctors until I finally got the go-ahead to call some games this spring and my company sent me to South Korea. I am still here in Korea. But, I still love the game and am looking forward to next season.

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