I'll do you one better! A Triple Play where the defense NEVER touches the ball! This is one of those umpire quizzes where it's not likely to happen, but it forces you to know the rules.
What kinds of plays register an automatic out and the ball STAYS in Play?
What kinds of plays register an automatic out and the ball must be called dead?
OK, here's the sitch:
No outs, bases loaded.
B4 hits a popup to the infield. Ump calls Infield fly. (Out #1)
R1 is an idiot, and he runs at the crack of the bat! He runs around second base and passes R2. He's out for passing. (Out #2) AND the ball stays live!
R2 then interferes with F6's attempt to catch the IFF. (INT = Out #3!)
A variation is that R2 is off the bag and it hit by the batted ball. Same difference.
How about that?
1) If a runner interferes with a fielder attempting to field a declared infield fly.
2) If a runner (or batter-runner) WILLFULLY AND DELIBERATELY interferes with fielding a batted ball in an attempt to prevent a double play. In OBR this gets called about once per decade.
3) ILLEGAL slide to prevent a DP. Slide must be within reach of the base. Runner cannot roll block the fielder (and must actually roll to get this called).
Mike: My question was not intended to test anybody's knowledge; the answer supplied by Rich, was intended to enhance my knowledge because I had a "brain-glitch" when confronted, via a phone call from a local manager, in a live situation last nite.
Rich: Your #2 applied!
As Rich pointed out, the "double play" is a rare cat!
In any case, other than the putative double play, it is tough to come up a sitch where an INT comes up in a play where more than one out is awarded. So I answered the question to point out that an INT immediately kills the ball and no other outs can be made (normally). Thus, the way you asked the question didn't specify when the BR was called out. Thus, my IFF tee-up.
Have a good weekend.
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