I consider myself pretty knowledgable when it comes to baseball and softball rules. And I consider many of my umpire peers knowledgable in the rules – we certainly spend enough discussing situations and looking up rule cites. So you would think that with myself and a few other umps together at a tournament this weekend, we could come up with the answer to a basic BOO question – batter 2 bats out of order in batter 1’s spot and makes an out. What is the result after a proper appeal?
If batter 2 gets on base, the answer is easy. I was unsure on the amount of outs recorded and the proper batter. This was an ASA softball situation, but, obviously, I’d like to be sure in all rules sets that I work.
The Umppire-Empire board was pretty clear in one direction, but I havent convinced myself with an actual rule cite yet. And ASA may be different alltogether – don’t know yet. Hopefully I’ll have time to nail it down today.
The point is this – BOO one of those basic rules that I take for granted and skim over when reviewing the rules, and that’s a sure way to get in trouble out there