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1397 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2013 1:11 PM by Manny_A
A_Woodring Rookie 3 posts since
Aug 5, 2008
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Apr 29, 2013 12:07 PM

Delay of Game

We play our games with a time limit. Is there a rule to prevent one team from intentionally delaying the game? i.e. stepping out after every pitch, taking longer than normal to return the ball from catcher back to picther, etc.

  • BlueBeak Legend 293 posts since
    Nov 26, 2002
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    1. Apr 29, 2013 4:19 PM (in response to A_Woodring)
    Delay of Game

    See 4.15, 6.02(c), 8.02(b), 8.04

    Time wounds all heels.....

  • Manny_A Legend 840 posts since
    May 25, 2007
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    2. May 1, 2013 1:11 PM (in response to A_Woodring)
    Delay of Game

    BB gave you some general rules on game delays.  The real rule that covers what you're concerned with is OBR 4.15(b), where the umpire may forfeit the game to the opposing team when a player or coach "employs tactics palpably designed to delay or shorten the game."


    The problem is, an umpire really can't use that rule when the team does things that are legitimate, such as making a pitching change, making a substitution, talking to the batter, etc.  There's nothing illegal or improper if the manager wants to bring in a new pitcher after each batter, and you cannot stop him from doing that.  You can only deal with things like you mentioned where the player or coach does something out of the ordinary.

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