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Old Thu Aug 04, 2005, 08:41am
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We usually discuss about OBS at home plate on this board.
Here you are some picts.
I'm not saying there are OBS on those images... It's just another occasion to talk about it!
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Old Thu Aug 04, 2005, 08:45am
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1st and 2nd pictures are probably OBS (it's always hard to tell in still pictures, since you require motion for judging OBS... but these two look relatively conclusive).

I can't tell anything from the 3rd. I see no ball, so have nothing to go on.
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Old Thu Aug 04, 2005, 09:32am
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The 3rd pic, we don't see a ball but it appears as if she is applying a tag. I'm assuming the ball is in the glove, and the runner is just getting there: I don't see obstruction here. Looks like a good play to me.
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Old Thu Aug 04, 2005, 11:13am
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It appears to me that the first and second pictures may both be of the same play, taken from different angles.

As mcrowder said, it's very difficult to judge obstruction from still pictures since you need to see what the runner did prior to getting to the point of the picture being snapped.

Good illustration of a player blocking a base without the ball, but that is only half the requirement for an obstruction call.
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Old Thu Aug 04, 2005, 02:29pm
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I tend to agree with you three. Also, the need for motion fite with waht we discussed yesterday about the runner's path from 3rd being straight or altered.

I still think this is less ovious OBS than the last Japanese runner tagged at home in the World Cup.

The OBS in the first two pics is probably meaningless, but I'd like to see a catcher quick enough to make that tag after the catch.

The ump seems to have great angle, fortunately didn't stick tothe "perpendicular to the runner's path" method.

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Old Thu Aug 04, 2005, 03:53pm
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Obstruction or not in # 3.......I hate to see an unprotected pitcher trying to block the plate.
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