Poll: Hey, Blue! No. 014


#1

R1,R2, 1 out. Pitcher commits a balk which is called by the plate umpire, but the pitch is still delivered and skied to SS. The base umpire sees the SS settle under the fly in shallow left field, declares the infield fly rule, and calls the batter out. The charging LF, who did not hear the base umpire invoke the IFR, calls off the SS and the ball falls untouched to the ground while the two defenders collide in a heap. In the confusion, R1 moves up to 2nd and R2 scores. What have you got?

  • the offensive team gets the choice between enforcing the balk (R2,R3,1 out) or taking the result of the play (R2, 2 outs, 1 run on the board)
  • since a balk is a delayed dead ball, and the play resulted in an IFR, the batter is out and the runners are allowed to advance at their own risk. The results of the play stand.
  • the umpires confer and determine the balk supersedes the IFR, the batter is returned to the plate and the runners are moved up as a result of the balk being enforced.
  • the umpires confer and determine that since an infielder did not make the play on the ball with ordinary effort, the IFR is waived off, the batter is awarded first base and the other advancements are legal because the ball landed untouched.

#2

the umpires confer and determine the balk supersedes the IFR, the batter is returned to the plate and the runners are moved up as a result of the balk being enforced.