Clipping:Interpreting interference and runners hit by a batted ball

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Date Wednesday, April 27, 1887

[from Nick Young's circular on rules interpretations] Rule 53, Section 13.--If the ball has plainly passed or been batted through a fielder, and the base runner has run fairly behind the fielder, he should not be declared out if hit by the ball. It is no longer a fair batted ball. The intent of this rule was simply to prevent the runner from obstructing the fielding of a batted ball. The umpire should be particularly careful in enforcing this rule to use judgment.

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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