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Old Thu Apr 19, 2001, 10:11pm
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I need carification on batters interference on the catcher when the catcher is throwing to a base. If the catcher does not make the throw or attempt, do we still have the interference. Im not talking about the glaring obvious interference that we can call from our dinning room chair. Im talking about when the catcher stands up, pumps his arm and holds the throw because he believes that the throw could'nt be made because the batter interfered. What are some guidelines to use in making this call?
Ive had situations that were borderline and I've told the catcher that we will never know if he was interfered with, because he never made a throw. Was I correct.? I also realalize that I just cant call it because the catcher complained either. ?????????????
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Old Thu Apr 19, 2001, 11:08pm
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Some things to think about:

The batter has the right to -
  • Strike at the ball
  • React naturally to the pitch in deciding to strike at it or not
  • Avoid an inside pitch
  • Stand still in the box

The batter may not -
  • Step out the box (unless avoiding an inside pitch)
  • Make any other movement not listed in the batter's rights above

The catcher does not necessarily have to throw if the umpire decides that the aborted throw was a direct result of the hindrance by the batter.

If the throw is made, we must wait before killing play to see if the throw is going to get the runner out or not. If the initial throw does not retire the runner, then invoke time and enforce the interference (do not wait to see if a rundown gets the runner - kill play if that first throw doesn't get him.)

When interference is called, the batter is always called out and the runner(s) returned. There is one exception - with less than two outs, and a runner from third is trying to score, if the batter interferes then the runner is called out instead - unless there are two outs and, in that case, the batter would be called out and the run would not score.
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Old Fri Apr 20, 2001, 02:16pm
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Batter-Runner Interference

On a dropped third strike with the batter-runner running outside the running lane, does the catcher have to throw the ball in order for interference to be invoked?
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Old Fri Apr 20, 2001, 02:22pm
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Yes in that case the throw has to be made. One is batter's interference, the other is interference on the BR. Two different calls.
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Old Fri Apr 20, 2001, 08:43pm
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I am in agreement with everthing you stated.

Your use of a Bold (if) tells me, (and please correct if Im wrong), that unless Im am totally convinced that the catcher did not throw the ball because he was interfered with, than I should allow the game to play on.

I was being led to believe, that calling the batter out for interference such as mentioned above, was a pretty clear and routine call against the batter. And all this has to be decided right after we get the pitch call correct. Thats why I love officiating this sport.!!!
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