Rules Question of the Day

R1, base hit to center field. R1 advances to third, but missed second. The pitcher, now back on the rubber with the ball ready for the next batter, steps off. Original R1 (now at 3B) takes off, causing the pitcher to throw home. He is safe. Can the defense still...

Rules Question of the Day

R1, 2 out. The batter doubles to left. R1 scores, but missed second base. After playing action has concluded, the pitcher, on the rubber to pitch to the next batter, picks the former batter (now R2) off at second base. May he now appeal R1’s original miss of...

Hyperbole Abound over Boston ejections

It seems each time MLB umpire Angel Hernandez works home plate, there’s a bevy of tweets and comments from members of the media labeling him the “worst umpire in baseball.” After Hernandez ejected Rangers manager Chris Woodward on Tuesday for arguing his enforcement...

Strike Zone Disconnect

Ever since the invention of the little box on your television screen that charts balls and strikes over live baseball action, every fan is an expert on the strike zone. Just try searching Twitter for “umpire” on any given night and you’ll come across...

Join RIABUA!

New umpire classes offered in spring and summer. Contact Bob Rushton at 508-840-8725 or riabua1@hotmail.com to express your interest. We service local leagues in Southeastern Massachusetts ages 8-18. Assignments available for Spring Baseball, Summer Tournaments, and...

Early examples of new NCAA HBP Rule

Over the past few weeks, the NCAA’s new HBP rule has come into play in multiple games. On Tuesday, enforcement of the rule resulted in the final out of a game between the University of Texas and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Under the new 2019 rule, a...
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