MLB Rules

Baseball Rule One

(Note Rule 1.05) Home Plate is 17″ wide. 1.06 “Safety” bases (breakaway bases) are not legal in OFFICIAL BASEBALL RULES (OBR). Wisdom dictates that in amateur baseball we allow safety bases to be used. 1.11(a)-(2) Even though white undershirt sleeves are not prohibited by rule, most amateur players and coaches believe a pitcher cannot wear …

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Baseball Rule Two

MISCELLANEOUS DEFINITIONS! ADVANCE BASE:  The next greater (closer to home) base: usually used in reference to a runner’s next base from the base occupied at the time-of-pitch, but can mean the next base from a runner’s position on the base paths, such as when a throw goes out of play. ADVANTAGEOUS FOURTH (OR FIFTH) OUT:  An out …

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Baseball Rule Five

Baseball rule five deals with putting the ball in play, awarding of bases and how “time” is given and why.  5.01  To put the ball in play call “PLAY” – We usually call “PLAY BALL” at the beginning of a game and in innings after the first inning call “PLAY”. Remember if a game is scheduled for 6PM for example, again …

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Baseball Rule Nine

Baseball Rule Nine will explain the responsibilities of the baseball umpire. It explains the Umpire’s role in controlling the game according to the rules. It also includes how he conducts himself on the baseball diamond. 9.01  (a) In umpiring baseball is usually worked by a two-man baseball umpire crew or team during the regular season. Two baseball …

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Baseball Rule Ten

The official scorekeeper is explained in Baseball Rule Ten. Amateur baseball leagues do not designate an official scorekeeper, possibly only in playoff or championship games. In our leagues each team has a scorekeeper. Remember: if there is a questionable situation as to a ball and strike count etc., the home team scorekeeper’s tally is the …

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