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MLB adjusts home-plate rule for force plays

by The Associated Press on June 25, 2014 10:40 AM

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball adjusted the new rule regarding catchers blocking the plate, saying it won’t be called on force plays at home.

The tweak came Tuesday, a week after a disputed play in Pittsburgh. Upon review, a call was overturned and a Cincinnati runner was ruled safe when it was determined that Pirates catcher Russell Martin obstructed the path to the plate.

MLB put in rule 7.13 this year trying to cut down on collisions at home. The rule provided runners a clear lane home, but the change came after Martin was called for obstruction with his foot on the plate on a force play.

Force plays at the plate can still be reviewed by video replay. But an umpire’s judgment on whether there was interference or obstruction on those plays cannot be challenged.

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