As most baseball fans already know, Game 3 of the 2018 World Series was the longest postseason game ever– 7 hours, 20 minutes. Any game featuring 18 innings figures to also feature some close plays for the umpires to officiate. Let’s take a look back at a few key calls last night. Let us know what you would’ve called in these situations in the comments or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

No Interference on Eduardo Nunez

After this Scott Alexander pitch is blocked by Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, Eduardo Nunez is upended by Barnes as the catcher attempts to retrieve the ball. HP Umpire Ted Barrett quickly rules no interference. MLB Rule: 6.03(a)(3)

A batter is out for illegal action when: He interferes with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by stepping out of the batter’s box or making any other movement that hinders the catcher’s play at home base.

Muncy awarded second on Nunez catch

Nunez is again in the center of the action, this time tumbling into the seats after making a catch. Even though announcers mentioned that Dodgers baserunner Max Muncy alertly tagged up and advanced to second, Muncy was in fact awarded second by rule. MLB Rule: 5.06(b)(3)(c) Comment

If a fielder, after having made a legal catch, should step or fall into any out of play area, the ball is dead and each runner shall advance one base, without liability to be put out, from his last legally touched base at the time the fielder entered such out of play area. 

Umpire Review on key error

Umpires reviewed this play to determine if the ball left the playing field and entered the photographers’ area at Dodger Stadium. The crew’s ruling that the ball did not leave the playing field stood after replay. A number of umpires could have ruled on the ball leaving the playing field, but RF Umpire Kerwin Danley is best positioned in a 6-umpire system to get a good look at this aspect of the play, especially with a runner coming home on the play.

Again, let us know what you think of these plays or send us any other questions you have about the rules, whether they come up in the World Series or in your games! We’re always happy to hear for you on the blog, forum, or on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/UmpireTeacher.

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