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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “rules”

Ship of Rules

Brad Ausmus, manager of the Tigers, 18-year veteran of the MLB, and Ivy Leaguer, learned something new in the seventh inning. According to 6.05(h), a batter is out when: After hitting or bunting a fair ball, his bat hits the ball a second time in fair territory. The ball is dead and no runners may advance. If the batter-runner drops his bat and the ball rolls against the bat in fair territory and, in the umpire’s judgment, there was no intention to interfere with the course of the ball, the ball is alive and in play. If the batter is in a legal position in the batter’s box, see Rule 6.03, and, in the umpire’s judgment, there was no intention to interfere with the course of the ball, a batted ball that strikes the batter or his bat shall be ruled a foul ball The italicized part was added in 2010 so perhaps Ausmus hadn’t noticed this clarification. Dustin Pedroia knew the rule and hung around the dish, hoping to get the better of Al Alburquerque. But Pedroia ended up popping out to his counterpart Ian Kinsler to lead off the seventh inning. Ruben Lipszyc, a visitor from Ruben’s Baseball,...

Running Interference

Shane Victorino dashed down the first base line as Rick Porcello pursued the ball. Just as the ball went foul Victorino seemed to have stepped over it. John Farrell was confused by Clint Fagen’s eighth inning call. “He was called out for runner interference. To me, in my view, he was already past the ball. And still Clint felt he interfered with the play and called him out.” Major League Rule 7.09(i) states, “It is interference by a batter or a runner when --” He fails to avoid a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball, or intentionally interferes with a thrown ball, provided that if two or more fielders attempt to field a batted ball, and the runner comes in contact with one or more of them, the umpire shall determine which fielder is entitled to the benefit of this rule, and shall not declare the runner out for coming in contact with a fielder other than the one the umpire determines to be entitled to field such a ball; Rule 7.09(i) Comment: When a catcher and batter-runner going to first base have contact when the catcher is fielding the ball, there is generally no violation and...

Yakyūnetsu [野球熱]

Game 150: September 15, 2008 Red Sox 13 W: Daisuke Matsuzaka (17-2) 89-61, 3 game winning streak Rays 5 L: Scott Kazmir (11-7) 88-60, 3 game losing streak Highlights: The crowd in Tropicana Field were absolute baseball crazed, or as the Japanese would say, inflicted with baseball fever (yakyūnetsu). The 29,772-contingent was spread sparsely through the stands that can hold 36,048. The Rays fans beamed proudly with their freshly-purchased Rays gear: pristine caps and crisp t-shirts that had the appearance of being recently removed from a clothes hanger . Even with their cowbells they were drowned out by the thunder of the Boston bats and the accompanying ruckus. Rays fans did attempt to drown out Dustin Pedroia’s MVP chants, which is more than can be said for the devotees in Texas, but Red Sox fans dominated in this rout. If St. Petersburg were any closer to New England, the stands would have been engulfed in a sea of red. Fortunately for the Rays, their domicile is a 1,200 mile roadtrip from Fenway. The divide between the spirits of the respective teams after last night’s contest was probably wider.The Rays had their vaunted ace on the mound, the southpaw pitcher...

Faithful

Game 132: August 29, 2006Red Sox (71-61), 1Athletics (76-56), 2L: Josh Beckett (14-9)W: Kirk Saarloos (7-6)H: Kiko Calero (20)H: Joe Kennedy (8)S: Justin Duchscherer (6) So, yesterday I said, “Even if Oakland had only a two-run lead, the game would still seem unwinnable.” I didn’t really mean it. Until Doug Mirabelli hacked at the backup closer’s last pitch I truly believed the Red Sox would prevail. Such is the nature of faith. It knows knows no bounds, like how foul lines used to extend to infinity. Ah, the good old days, when there was a complementary 90 degrees of foul territory behind home plate. That was never actually the case, mind you. I was researching the definition of foul territory and uncovered this bit of history from Interesting Baseball Issues and Facts: With the exception of a couple of months at the start of the 1920 season, from 1906 to 1930 the foul lines were “infinitely long”: A fly ball over the fence had to land in fair territory (as determined by the infinitely long foul lines), or be fair when last seen by the umpire, in order to be a home run. The rule is now found in...


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