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Old Tue Mar 21, 2017, 09:01pm
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When is F3 Not F3 in MLB?

I read a situation where the umpire crew in a Cubs/Pirates game made Cubs F3 and F4 switch gloves due to the defensive alignment.

R1 on 1st. F3 plays way in for the bunt. F4 comes over to hold runner close to the base. Hurdle brought it up and the crew chief agreed that Rizzo and F4 had to switch gloves since MLB rules say that only the first baseman can wear a "mitt."

Maddon says he has been given different interps from different crews.

What is there in the rulebook or umpire manual/interps for MLB that supports this?
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Old Tue Mar 21, 2017, 09:13pm
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This may have also occurred in a WBC game today which started the convo.
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Old Wed Mar 22, 2017, 06:51am
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What is there in the rulebook or umpire manual/interps for MLB that supports this?
Nothing, unless it's in the newest edition -- but sometimes guidance is issued mid-season that doesn't make it to us peons.
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Old Sat Mar 25, 2017, 03:46pm
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Good post...good discussion on this one in your preseason meetings.
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