• “Hey Blue, the runner busted his butt running to first base, the least you could do is move 10 ft. to make a call!”~~~

  • “Wipe the dirt off that called strike, Blue!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, did they stop printing the rulebook in Braille?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, Lenscrafter called and said your new glasses will be ready in 30 minutes!”~~~

  • “You're killing me, Blue!”~~~

  • “Blue, that was a strike in any bowling alley!”~~~

  • “Sweep the plate Blue! It's the least you can do!”~~~

  • “Wake up Blue, you're missing a great game!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, you're getting better, you almost made the right call that time!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, Stevie Wonder could see that one!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, you really shouldn't be in the game until you get warmed up!”~~~

  • “Blue, just 'cause it's a night game, doesn't mean you should be asleep!”~~~

  • “Blue, if that pitch were any further outside it would be in the West Desert!”~~~

  • “Somebody call the police, this guy is impersonating an umpire!”~~~

  • “Blue, now I know why there’s only one eye (I) in umpire”~~~

  • “You can go home Blue. We'll take it from here.”~~~

  • “Come on Blue, it’s a strike zone, not an end zone!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, does your wife let you make decisions at home?”~~~

  • “Blue, kick your dog, he's lying to you!”~~~

  • “Blue, if the pitcher is throwing too fast for you, we can ask him to slow it down!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, how can you sleep with all these lights on?”~~~

  • “I’ve seen better Blues in a box of crayons!”~~~

  • “I’m gonna break your cane and shoot your dog!”~~~

  • “If I had a dollar, Blue, for every good call you’ve made, I’d be broke!”~~~

  • "Is that your final answer?”~~~

  • “The magic 8 ball says……”~~~

  • “When your dog barks twice, it's a strike!”~~~

  • “Mix in some consistency once in awhile!”~~~

  • “Take off that welding mask”~~~

  • “Lenscrafter called... They'll be ready in 30 min.”~~~

  • “Open your good eye!”~~~

  • “Can I pet your seeing eye dog after the game?”~~~

  • “Looked pretty good from up here Blue!”~~~

  • “Do your sleeping at home Blue!”~~~

  • “You must be losing them in the lights!”~~~

  • “Why do you keep looking in your hand...do you have a map of the strike zone in it?”~~~

  • “I'll take three pencils!”~~~

  • “For a guy that only works 2 hours a day, you're doing a pretty bad job!”~~~

  • “Hey blue, if you had one more eye you'd be a Cyclops!”~~~

  • “RING..RING....Wake up call Blue!”~~~

  • “I've seen better blue in a toilet bowl!”~~~

  • “What's a matter you gotta broken arm?”~~~

  • “Look through the mask, not at it!”~~~

  • “It really is hot today - that strike zone is melting!”~~~

  • “Wrong!”~~~

  • “Here's a quarter, go buy a strike zone!”~~~

  • “How's work experience going Blue?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue…if you had one more eye, you’d be a Cyclops!”~~~

  • “Keep that up and we’ll shoot your dog and break your cane!”~~~

  • “"Easy Flinchy" – After a slight flinch behind the plate.”~~~

  • “I thought only horses slept standing up!”~~~

  • “You're blinking way to long!”~~~

  • “Come on Blue, that pitch was so far outside it had a hat and coat on!”~~~

  • “You couldn't see the plate if your dinner was on it!”~~~

  • “Wake up Blue, you're missing a great game!”~~~

  • “Somebody call the police, this guy's impersonating an umpire!”~~~

  • “You're like a bat without sonar!”~~~

  • “I didn't know we were golfing today, I would have brought my clubs!”~~~

  • “Did you star in "Weekend at Bernie's"?”~~~

  • “Hey blue, that call was a get outta here quick call!”~~~

  • “I thought only horses slept standing up!”~~~

  • “That was higher than a t-shirt at Mardi Gras!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, it's against the law to make prank calls!”~~~

  • “(Hold up cell phone) Is this your cell phone? Because it has three missed calls!”~~~

  • “That pitch was like your last date, you didn't want to see her or call her.”~~~

  • “To batter as he steps into the box: "You better be swinging. You're standing in the strike zone."”~~~

  • “After the ump has dusted off home plate: "You're gonna make someone a great wife someday!”~~~

  • “You're not gonna sleep a minute tonight because you've slept all game!”~~~

  • “Did you make the call on WMD in Iraq as well?”~~~

  • “Is your rule book written in Braille?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, how can you sleep with all these lights on!”~~~

  • “Stevie Wonder could see that one!”~~~

  • “Flip over the plate and read the directions!”~~~

  • “How about some Windex for that glass eye!”~~~

  • “The French judge says it's a strike!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, diarrhea has more consistency than your strike zone!”~~~

  • “You need to go to confession after that call!”~~~

  • “I've seen better Blues in a box of crayons!”~~~

  • “Don't bother brushing off the corners, you're not calling them anyway!”~~~

  • “We know you're blind, we've seen your wife!”~~~

  • “They're putting your strike zone on the back of milk cartons!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, that's not a 9 iron he's hitting with!”~~~

  • “How do you sleep at night?”~~~

  • “I was confused the first time I saw a game too!”~~~

  • “I've gotten better calls from my ex-wife!”~~~

  • “Good thing there are not three choices!”~~~

  • “Somebody get the ump his prescription mask!”~~~

  • “You flipping coins?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue is that a dinner plate? Apparently it has no corners!”~~~

  • “Admit it.... You lied!”~~~

  • “Why don't you get your Seeing Eye dog to call it for you?”~~~

  • “I forgot the Milk-Bone for your seeing-eye dog!”~~~

  • “Have you lost your strike zone in the lights?”~~~

  • “Now I know why there's only one eye (I) in umpire!”~~~

  • “You couldn't get a pitchout right!”~~~

  • “You're making more bad calls than a telemarketer!”~~~

  • “Kick your dog, he's lying to you!”~~~

  • “Be careful when you back up, so you don't fall over your dog!”~~~

  • “Did you haul in your strike zone on a tractor trailer bed?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, if you had another eye it would be lonely!”~~~

  • “You couldn't call hogs!”~~~

  • “Keep calling them like that and you'll be bagging groceries in no time!”~~~

  • “Get a hammer and some nails, the plate is movin' around again!”~~~

  • “You call more strikes than a union delegate!”~~~

  • “Did your glass eye fog up?”~~~

  • “You couldn't call a cab!”~~~

  • “The circus is in town and the clowns are wearing blue!”~~~

  • “It's a strike zone, not an end zone!”~~~

  • “You really shouldn't be in the game until you get warmed up!”~~~

  • “Come on Blue, turn that mask around and get a GOOD look!”~~~

  • “You can go home blue, we'll take it from here!”~~~

  • “How'd you become an umpire? Flunk out of tollbooth school?”~~~

  • “How about asking the crowd?”~~~

  • “Do you want to use another lifeline?”~~~

  • “3 Blind Mice, 3 Blind Mice,”~~~

  • “What were you, a lookout for the Titanic?”~~~

  • “How many fingers am I holding up?”~~~

  • “(For an umpire is slow getting in position) C'mon blue, put the Snicker Bar down!”~~~

  • “Sweep the plate! It's the least you can do!”~~~

  • “Move around, you're tilting' the infield!”~~~

  • “Move around Blue, you're killing' the grass!”~~~

  • “It sure sounded like a strike!”~~~

  • “How'd you get a square head in that round mask?”~~~

  • “Have they stopped printing the rulebooks in Braille?”~~~

  • “Don't donate your eyes to science, they don't want 'em'”~~~

  • “Does your wife let you make decisions at home?”~~~

  • “Pull the good eye out of your pocket!”~~~

  • “Wipe the dirt off that called strike!”~~~

  • “Sure you don't want to phone a friend?”~~~

  • “You can open your eyes now!”~~~

  • “Do you get any better or is this it?”~~~

  • “You're blinking too long!”~~~

  • “You couldn't make the right call if you had a phone book!”~~~

  • “You couldn't make a call in a phone booth!”~~~

  • “Do you take Visa or American Express?”~~~

  • “Leave the gift giving to Santa!”~~~

  • “Take out your glass eye and wash it!”~~~

  • “Guess again, the last call was wrong!”~~~

  • “Blue, do you feel guilty?”~~~

  • “If the pitcher is throwing too fast for you, we can ask them to slow it down!”~~~

  • “Your strike zone is a moving target!”~~~

  • “You're getting better, you almost made the right call that time!”~~~

  • “Punch a hole in that mask, you're missing a good game!”~~~

  • “Hey, Sleeping Beauty, wake up!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, Magnum P.I. called and he can't find your strike zone!”~~~

  • “I've seen potatoes with better eyes!”~~~

  • “Next time buy a ticket if you're going to watch!”~~~

  • “Can I buy you another beer?”~~~

  • “We know your blind we've seen your wife!”~~~

  • “I’ve seen better blues in a crayon box!”~~~

  • “I've heard better calls at a square dance!”~~~

  • “I've heard better calls between two tin cans and a piece of string!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, were you looking for the curve?”~~~

  • “Hey Blues, which one of you is the designated driver?”~~~

  • “Move a little Blue, you're growing' roots!~~~

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G Myths 

Badge MichaelIt is incredible how many myths linger around the local baseball diamonds. Fathers pass them on to sons, and to their sons, and so on. Much of this is due to the lack of regular study of the Official Rules of Major League Baseball. I believe that most people just watch, guess, and assume, while complaining loudly when a call goes against their team. This website is devoted to ridding the myths of baseball from the calls being made by the umpires, several of which are as young as 14 years of age.

G Myths Batting

MYTH - A pitch that bounces to the plate cannot be hit

TRUTH - A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher. It doesn't matter how it gets to the batter. The batter may hit any pitch that is thrown.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 2.00 PITCH. NOTE: If the ball does not cross the foul line, it is not a pitch.

Spotlight65BMYTH - The hands are considered part of the bat

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - The hands are part of a person's body. If a pitch hits the batter's hands the ball is dead; if he swung at the pitch, a strike is called and NOT a foul. If the batter was avoiding the pitch, he is awarded first base.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 PERSON, TOUCH, STRIKE (e) and 6.05(f)

MYTH - If the batter breaks his wrists when swinging, it’s a strike.

TRUTH - A strike is a judgment by the umpire as to whether the batter attempted to strike the ball. Breaking the wrists, or the barrel of the bat crossing the plate are simply guides to making the judgment of an attempt, these are not rules.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 2.00 STRIKE

Spotlight65BMYTH - If a batted ball hits the plate first it's a foul ball.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - The plate is in fair territory. There is nothing special about it. If a batted ball hits it, it is treated like any other batted ball.

MYTH - The ball is dead on a foul-tip.

TRUTH - A foul-tip is a live ball. It is the same as a swing and a miss. To be a foul-tip, by rule, the ball must go sharply and directly from the bat to either the catcher's hand or glove and be caught cleanly. If the ball is not caught, then it is a foul ball and NOT a foul-tip. A foul ball is a dead ball, but a foul-tip is a live ball strike.

MYTH - The batter cannot be called out for interference if he is in the batters box.

TRUTH - The batter's box is not a safety zone. A batter could be called out for interference if the umpire judges that interference could or should have been avoided.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 INTERFERENCE, 6.06(c)

MYTH - The batter may not switch batters boxes after two strikes.

TRUTH - The batter can switch boxes at any time, provided he does not do it after the pitcher is ready to pitch.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 6.06(b)

MYTH - The batter who batted out of order is the person declared out.

TRUTH - The PROPER batter is the one called out. Any hit or advance made by the batter or runners due to the hit, walk, error or other reason is nullified. The next batter is the one who follows the proper batter who was called out.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 6.07(b, 1)

MYTH - The batter-runner is always out if he runs outside the running lane after a bunted ball.

TRUTH -

The runner must be out of the box AND cause interference. He is not out simply for being outside the lane. He could be called for interference even while in the lane. This is a judgment call.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 INTERFERENCE, 6.05(k), 7.09(k)

MYTH - The batter is out if his foot touches home plate while swinging at a pitch.

TRUTH - To be out the batter's foot must be ENTIRELY outside the box when he contacts the pitch. There is no statement about touching the plate. The toe could be on the plate and the heel could be touching the line of the box, which means the foot is not entirely outside the box.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 6.06(a)

MYTH - The batter does not get first base if hit by a pitch after it bounces.

TRUTH - A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher. It doesn't matter how it gets to the batter. If the batter is hit by a pitch while attempting to avoid it, he is awarded first base.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 PITCH, 6.08(b)

Spotlight65BMYTH - The batter is out if he starts for the dugout before going to first after a dropped third strike.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - When a third strike is called, or is swung at and missed and the catcher does not make a legal catch, the batter may attempt to reach first base if it is unoccupied when there are less than 2 outs, or even when it is occupied when there are 2 outs. Occupied means it was occupied at the time of the pitch. The fact that the runner attempts to steal does not make the base unoccupied. Time of pitch is defined as the moment the pitcher starts his windup or commits to a pitch to the plate.

To be legally caught the ball must be caught in-flight. This means if the catcher catches the ball cleanly on a bounce it is NOT a legal catch.

Rule 2.00 BALL casebook.

The batter may run to first anytime before he enters the dugout. He is not out simply because he walks off toward the dugout. If the bases are loaded with 2 out and the catcher does not make a legal catch of a third strike, a force play goes into effect because the batter has now become a runner. The catcher may step on home plate to force out the runner from third or tag the batter or throw to any other base.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 6.09(b)

Spotlight65BMYTH - If the batter does not pull the bat out of the strike zone while in the bunting position, its an automatic strike.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - A strike is an attempt to hit the ball. Simply holding the bat over the plate is not an attempt. This is umpire judgment.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 2.00 STRIKE

MYTH - The batter is out if a bunted ball hits the ground and bounces back up and hits the bat while the batter is holding  the bat.

TRUTH - The rule says the BAT cannot hit the ball a second time. When the BALL hits the bat, it is not an out.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 6.05(h) and 7.09(b)

G Myths Fielding 

Spotlight65BMYTH - If a fielder holds a fly ball for 2 seconds its a catch.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - A catch is legal when the umpire judges that the fielder has COMPLETE control of the ball. The release of the ball must be voluntary and intentional.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 2.00 CATCH

MYTH - If a fielder catches a fly ball and then falls over the fence it is a home run.

TRUTH - As long as the fielder is not touching the ground in dead ball territory when he catches the ball, it is a legal catch if he holds onto the ball and meets the definition of a catch. If the catch is not the third out and the fielder falls down in dead ball territory, all runners are awarded one base. If the fielder remains on his feet in dead ball territory after the catch, the ball is alive and he may make a play.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 CATCH, 6.05(a), 7.04(c)

Spotlight65BMYTH - If a players feet are in fair territory when the ball is touched, it is a fair ball.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - The position of the player's feet or any other part of the body is irrelevant. A ball is judged fair or foul based on the relationship between the ball and the ground at the time the ball is touched.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 2.00 FAIR, FOUL

MYTH - You must tag the base with your foot on a force out or appeal.

TRUTH - You can tag a base with ANY part of the body.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 FORCE PLAY, PERSON, TAG, 7.08(e)

G Myths Base Running 

Spotlight65BMYTH - The batter-runner must turn to his right after over-running first base.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - The batter-runner may turn left or right, provided that if he turns left he does not make an attempt to advance. An attempt is a judgment made by the umpire. The requirement is that the runner must immediately return to first after overrunning or over-sliding it.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 7.08(c and j)

MYTH - A runner may not steal on a foul tip.

TRUTH - There is nothing foul about a foul-tip. If the ball nicks the bat and goes to the catcher's glove and is caught, this is a foul-tip by definition. A foul-tip is a strike and the ball is alive. It is the same as a swing-and-miss. If the ball is not caught, it is a foul ball.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 FOUL-TIP, STRIKE

Spotlight65BMYTH - Tie goes to the runner.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - There is no such thing in the world of umpiring. The runner is either out or safe.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 6.05(j) and 7.01

MYTH - Anytime a coach touches a runner, the runner is out.

TRUTH - The runner is out if the coach physically assists. Hand slaps, back pats or simple touches are not physical assists.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 7.09(I)

MYTH - The runner must always slide when the play is close .

TRUTH - There is no "must slide" rule. When the fielder has the ball in possession, the runner has two choices; slide OR attempt to get around the fielder. He may NOT deliberately or maliciously contact the fielder, but he is NOT required to slide.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 7.08(a, 3)

MYTH - Runners may never run the bases in reverse order.

TRUTH - In order to correct a base running mistake, the runner must retrace his steps and retouch the bases in reverse order. The only time a runner is out for running in reverse, is when he is making a travesty of the game or tries to confuse the defense.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 7.08(I), 7.10(b)

Spotlight65BMYTH - It is a force out when a runner is called out for not tagging up on a fly ball.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - A force play is when a runner is forced to advance because the batter became a runner. When the batter is out on a caught fly, all forces are removed. An out on an a failure to tag-up, is NOT a force out. Any runs that cross the plate before this out will count.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 FORCE PLAY, 4.09

MYTH - The runner is always safe when hit by a batted ball while touching a base.

TRUTH - The bases are in fair territory. A runner is out when hit by a fair batted ball, except an infield-fly.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 5.09(f), 7.08(f)

MYTH - An appeal on a runner who missed a base cannot be a force out.

TRUTH - A runner must touch all the bases. If the runner misses a base to which he was forced because the batter became a runner and is put out before touching that base, the out is still a force play. If this is the third out, no runs may score. The base can be touched or the runner can be touched, either way it's a force out.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 FORCE PLAY, TAG,
7.08(e), 7.10(b)

MYTH - A runner is out if he runs out of the baseline to avoid a fielder who is fielding a batted ball.

TRUTH - The runner must avoid a fielder attempting to field a BATTED ball. A runner is out for running out of the baseline, only when attempting to avoid a tag.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 7.08(a), 7.09(L)

Spotlight65BMYTH - The batter-runner may not overrun first base when he gets a base-on-balls.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - Rule 7.08(c and j) simply state that a batter-runner must immediately return after overrunning first base. It doesn't state any exceptions as to how the player became a runner. It could be a hit, walk, error or dropped third strike.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 7.08(c and j)

Spotlight65BMYTH - Runners may not advance when an infield fly is called.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - An Infield-fly is no different than any other fly ball in regard to the runners. The only difference is that they are never forced to advance because the batter is out whether the ball is caught or not.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 INFIELD-FLY, 6.05(e), 7.10(a)

MYTH - No run can score when a runner is called out for the third out for not tagging up.

TRUTH - Yes it can. This is not a force play. A force play is when a runner is forced to advance because the batter became a runner. When the batter is out on a caught fly, all forces are removed. An out on an a failure to tag-up, is NOT a force out. Any runs that cross the plate before this out will
count.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 FORCE PLAY, 4.09, 7.10(a)

Spotlight65BMYTH - The runner gets the base he's going to, plus one on a ball thrown out-of-play.

TRUTH - MAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - When a fielder other than the pitcher throws the ball into dead ball area, the award is 2 bases. The award is from where the runners were at the time of the pitch if it is the first play by an infielder before all runners have advanced or from where each runner was physically positioned at the time the ball left the throwers hand on all other plays.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 7.05(g)

MYTH - A runner is out if he slaps hands or high-fives other players, after a home run is hit over the fence.

TRUTH - The ball is dead on a home run over the fence. You can't be put out while the ball is dead except when you pass another runner.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 5.02, 7.05(a)

G Myths Pitching 

Spotlight65BMYTH - The ball is always immediately dead on a balk.

TRUTHMAKING THE RIGHT CALL SPOTLIGHT - It is not.  If a throw or pitch is made after the balk call, the ball is delayed dead. At the end of the play the balk may be enforced or not depending on what happened. On a throw; if ALL runners advance on the play, the balk is ignored. If not, the balk award is enforced from the time of pitch. On a pitch; if ALL runners INCLUDING the batter, advance on the play, the balk is ignored. Otherwise, it is no-pitch and the balk award is made from the time of the pitch.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 8.05 PENALTY

NOTE: This Rule is TRUE in NFHS Rulebook. If the ball is pitched, all action on the play is negated. All runners are awarded one base and the count on the batter remains the same.

MYTH - The pitcher must step off the rubber before a pick-off throw.

TRUTH - If the pitcher steps off the rubber he is no longer the pitcher, he is a fielder. He can throw to a base from the rubber, provided he does not break any of the rules under rule 8.05

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 8.05

MYTH - The pitcher must come to a set position before a pick-off throw.

TRUTH - The pitcher is required to come to a complete stop in the Set position before delivering the pitch, not before making a throw.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 8.05(m)

MYTH - With no runners on base, it is a ball if the pitcher starts his windup and then stops.

TRUTH - A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher. If the ball is not delivered, it is not a pitch. If this happens with runners on base it is a balk.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 2.00 PITCH.

MYTH - The ball must always be returned to the pitcher before an appeal can be made.

TRUTH - An appeal may be made anytime the ball is alive. The only time the ball must go to the pitcher, is when time is out. The ball cannot be made live until the pitcher has the ball while on the rubber and the umpire says "Play." If time is not out, the appeal can be made immediately.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rule: 2.00 APPEAL, 5.11, 7.10

G Myths Umpire 

MYTH - The home plate umpire can overrule another umpire at anytime.

TRUTH - The umpire who made a call or ruling may ask for help if he wishes. No umpire may overrule another umpire's call.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 9.02(b, c)

MYTH - The ball is dead anytime an umpire is hit by the ball.

TRUTH - If an umpire is hit by a batted ball before it passes a fielder, the ball is dead. On any other batted or thrown ball, the ball is alive when the umpire is hit with the ball. Umpire interference also occurs when the plate umpire interferes with the catcher's attempt to prevent a stolen base.

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 - INTERFERENCE, 5.09(b), 5.09(f)

Special thanks to Mike Sweeney - Waycinden Area, IL - Chief Umpire  

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