- May 29, 2015
Do you have an interference call?
If so, what kind of interference?
Agree.. The BR did exactly what she was supposed to do And still avoided the defender who stepped in front of herI've got nothing but an infield fly. In my opinion that was a pretty weak interference call, f3 staring up at the ball most likely never even saw the batter runner and they never even touched. Not that contact is required, I just think f3 misplayed the ball.
I believe the fielding team won 8-6.Agreed. Lame interference call.
But, now that we have that straightened out, no one's going to tell us who won? That's a big part of that whole story. That interference call allowed the other team an opportunity to turn a loss into a win. Did they take advantage of that opportunity, or did the offending team overcome that tough call and win it anyway?
I agree with you guys that the interference call is pretty weak at face value ... however (you guys ought to know by now that I am going to make some long-winded theoretical argument!) ...Ugh... Had to think about this one a few times. And I changed my mind once.
I agree with Comp - I am not sure that is interference. But that is probably immaterial because the crew has decided that it is.
Since the field umpire has called interference, he has called interference on a retired runner. If that is the case, the ball is dead RIGHT then (5-1-1-e/8-6-16-c) and according to the dead ball chart the runner closest to home is out.
However 8-6-16 and 8-6-16-c also mentions interfering with the chance to make a defensive play . The girl at third really doesn't break for home until the ball hits the ground - so at the time the ball hits the ground, it is dead so there really isn't a defensive play to be made. None of the runners are forced and if she had just caught the ball, the runner would have just stayed where she was.
I am not sure I have found a rule that allows me to place the runners back on the base they were originally on. The same rule 5-1-1e list the penalty for a runner as returning the runners to their original base (8-6-10). But the batter-runner is already retired by the called infield fly.