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Old Sun Apr 14, 2002, 10:23pm
bob jenkins bob jenkins is offline
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Originally posted by jicecone
Wait a minute. How do we assume the contact was illegal? It was not ruled malicious. It seems from what was described, that the contact took place at the plate. At which point either the runner intentionally tried to dislodge the ball maliciously, or the runner tied to tag the plate without sliding, incidental contact. Just because the catcher dropped the ball, doesn't mean that the "contact was illegal" and "that it altered the actions of a fielder in the immediate act of making a play".FED Sect 4.2.b.

The rule to apply is 8-4-2C "does not legally attempt to avoid a fielder in the immediate act of making a play on him"

It might also have been 8-4-2R "deliberately knocks the ball from the fielder's hand."

Either way, it's an out, but not an ejection. And, the ball remains live unless it's judged to be interference (e.g., fielder drops ball or falls down).
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