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Fielder Hassling a Runner

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Joined: 03/28/2009

I was BU at a 12U game and working @ B with a runner on first. The first base coach politely called my attention to the behavior of F3, who was playing directly behind the runner, who was taking his lead. The coach claimed that F3 was actually touching his runner from behind with his glove and was taunting him verbally (to distract him). I kept a closer eye out and did not observe any over-the-top F3 behavior as the coach had alleged, probably because the coach's attention had caused F3 to cool it a bit.

I sense that the coach was accurate in his description, but then I thought, it's not against the rules to chirp in a guy's ear, is it? However, if F3 was lightly contacting the runner from behind, would that constitute obstruction? It wouldn't seem to according to the rule, but it also seems like I should be able to do something about it. At a minimum, it's bush league! Is there a rule or game management tip here?

Stafford Lehr
Joined: 06/13/2007
Brent:I most likely would

I most likely would tell F3 to knock it off and no contact with the offensive player. 

yankeepj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2008
I agree with Stafford

I would tell F3 to knock it off.  Remember that there doesn't have to be contact made to cause obstruction.  If the fielder in any way alters the runner's ability to go directly to the base or causes him to stop, slide earlier than he should have to, or go around him that would be obstruction.  So if F3 was ccontacting the runner by placing his glove on him, did that cause the runner to not get back to 1st base or advance to 2nd base normally?

Joined: 08/20/2007
Rules Test

Hey, why can't we look at previous answers?  What if I want to go back and correct something?  I can't use the "Back" button in the browser.

Loren Gardner
Joined: 01/15/2008
I agree.  Tell him to knock

I agree.  Tell him to knock it off.  Give him a warning.  If he continues - toss him for unsportsmenlike behavior.  You don't want players to retaliate.

Manuel Provedor
Joined: 07/27/2007
Fielder Hassling a Runner

Brent: Yes, I agree with Loren, P,J,S, and Stafford. And if he takes the wrong attitude and tries to give you hard time, toss him.
Manuel Provedor

Ric Shaw
Joined: 08/15/2007
Rob - In your case just use

Rob - In your case just use some "White-Out"...

I had the same problem when I took the test the first time. In addition, the system crashed a couple of times and when I reviewed my answers it showed 4 or 5 not as I had answered.


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