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You have been playing baseball all your life, but do you really know the rules? There are some situations that occur during a game that you think you know the correct ruling, but you may be wrong. The answers will be at the bottom of the page.

Test your knowledge on these plays:

1 - Is it a legal play to attempt to blow slow-rolling balls foul before they reach third base?

2 - If a ball lodges in the umpire's or catcher's equipment, is it a dead ball or can the runners advance to whatever base they can reach before the ball is found?

3 - Can an offensive team appeal a decision to their benefit? Ex. In the case of a batter who would rather be called for a swinging third strike on a passed ball rather than a check swing and be awarded first base.

4 - Tag up plays. Can a runner get a running start behind the base then tag the base and score after the catch is made?

5 - Can a player position himself behind the pitcher and intentionally distract the hitter by jumping up and down and waving his arms and legs?


Answers


1 - Rule 2:00 Obstruction - This play is illegal.

2 - It is a dead ball and all runners are awarded one base. Rule 5.09 g and 7.05 I.

3 - No. Only the defensive team may request an appeal. Rule 2.00. An appeal is the act of a fielder in claiming violation by the offensive team.

4 - No. Rule 7.10 - A running start is illegal on a tag up play.

5 - No. Rule 4.06 - No fielder shall take a position in the batter's line of vision and with deliberate unsportsmanlike intent, act in a manner to distract the batter. The offender is removed from the game.

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