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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.
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.
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 theumpire, legally touched at the time of the interference, unless otherwiseprovided 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!
if the interference happens before the runner gets to 1st base the runner has to return to 3rd base.
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.
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?
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