Baseball Appeals

What is an appeal? When are they called in a baseball game? Get ready to learn how team's can overturn a call by an umpire.


We've already learned about the umpires in baseball. They are responsible for making all calls in a baseball game as they pertain to the rulebook. But sometimes, they make a mistakes. As a player if you believe a call was incorrect, you can make an appeal to the head umpire.

In this tutorial, we will learn about how appeals work and who can request them in a baseball game.


Appeals can be made by the defensive team to bring attention to a member of the offensive team breaking a rule, that the umpire failed to/might not see. Common appeal plays include the following:

An appeal must be made before the next pitch/play. Defensive teams can make appeals either verbally or by making an action that clearly shows they would like to appeal, usually by pointing at a location where a rule was broken.

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