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Discussion: Interference?

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March 16, 2012
buchananjw1
2 posts
Interference?
A ground ball is mishandled by the shortstop just a few feet behind second base. In his haste the shortstop grabs the ball and tosses it to second. The only person on second base is the baserunner who defensively catches the ball. The umpire calls the baserunner out for interferring with a live ball. I'm not sure the call was right. Any thoughts?
March 16, 2012
neck10
493 posts
it would be a judgement call by the umpire if its self defence thats one thing but trying to gain an advantage is another,ump would know
March 16, 2012
Joncon
289 posts
Runner didn't defensiely catch the ball.

Instinctively maybe.



Either way, good call.
March 16, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
So what do you think the runner was supposed to do as he sees a ball coming at him for no reason? Jump off the base to avoid it?
March 17, 2012
buchananjw1
2 posts
Defensively was correct -- the ball was coming directly toward the baserunner's face. Perhaps he could have blocked it, but that's where "instinctively" comes in. My thought was if the runner was able to duck, the ball would have rolled harlessly into right field. The runner didn't gain an advantage, so I thought there should have been "no call", runner safe.
March 17, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
That is a good point. Sometimes a no call is the best call to make. Guys have to use some judgment and common sense when making a call.
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