You know how much I respect the baseball programs in Morristown, across the board. I had back to back real good games at Burnham, not withstanding one silly coach incident in today’s game. I called a fairly straightforward interference on a runner going from 2nd to 3rd who interfered with the SS. The coach came out telling me that “he has the right to the basepath”. I informed him that that was incorrect, and he said “The runner doesn’t have the right to the basepath?!!” like it was the most rediculous thing thing he ever heard. Then I got home to an email from him telling me that I “blew the call” and he cite a rule that talked about intent being required when interfering with a field waiting for a THROWN ball. And then, richly, he tod me that he umps too. Here’s his final (maybe) email: Paul.. Once again LL rules are left to interpretation and umpire judgment. And yes I do umpire as well. There was no intent and the runner was past the ball and the fielder ran into him while in the baseline.
“He has the right to the basepath”