Some of this material taken from Umpire.com 8/13/19 When considering the rules, spirit and intent influence interpretation. It would be easier if every rule was black and white and there is no “wiggle room.” We either have a look-back rule violation or we do not. The pitch was either legal or it was not. But that is not the case.
The plate umpire has the authority to make decisions on any situations not specifically covered in the rules. (15.3.4) The umpire shall not impose an effect on a team for any infractions of a rule when imposing the effect would be an advantage to the offending team. (15.2.14) The plate umpire is empowered to rectify any situations in which a
Can you score a run after the 3rd out? Play 1: Bases loaded, two outs, batter takes ball four. R3 walks slowly to the plate as R2 aggressively advances to 3b, rounds the base and is tagged out. The out on R2 happens before R3 touches the plate. Ruling: Score the run on the live-ball award Play 2: With two outs