Volume 6, No. 1 - January 2011
Stump the Ump
MYTH #8 - “On that throw to home, the catcher was blocking the base path before he/she caught the ball. Call Interference!”
When the defense blocks the base path without having possession of the ball it is called OBSTRUCTION, not interference. A fielder, any fielder, CANNOT block a base without having possession of the ball. See Rule 2.00 OBSTRUCTION. Also, see rule 7.06 (a) and (b).
MYTH #9 - “The batter who batted out of order is out.”
After the incorrect batter completes his/her at-bat, and an appeal is made, the PROPER batter is out, (the one who should have batted). The improper batter (the one who did bat) is removed from base and any advance made by runners because of his/her batted ball, is nullified. The next batter due up is the one who follows the PROPER batter. See Rule 6.07.
MYTH #10 - “The batter isn’t out for interference with the catcher if he/she stays in the batter’s box.”
This is a tough call. If the batter has just swung at a pitch and is off-balance and interferes with the catcher, he/she should be called out. Also, if he/she had just let a pitch go by and he/she had an opportunity to avoid the catcher’s play, but didn’t, he/she interfered and should be called out. See Rule 2.00 INTERFERENCE and Rule 6.06(c).