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Old Thu Jun 22, 2017, 12:25pm
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Originally Posted by IRISHMAFIA View Post
A few years back there was a regional umpire clinic and an individual was invited and was "given" a spot to cover interference. He offered the following play:

Runner on 1B and batter hits a pop-up near the 1BL, but definitely over fair territory. F1 & F3 start for the ball, but F1 takes control and is waiting for the ball when the BR runs into F1. The ball drops in fair territory and then rolls foul.

The ruling stated was for the umpire to rule a foul ball to avoid a mess. The 10 umpires from my association all looked back and forth at each other shaking their head, knowing full well that was very weak.
Don't agree with him. The fielder had a legitimate chance for an out. Fair or foul has nothing to do with F1 getting interfered with. What if it was clearly foul, landed foul untouched, then rolls fair? This is the type of play umpires are paid for.

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