Umpire's Interference

A situation in which the umpire's presence or action (not including any decisions or calls he makes) inadvertantly affects the outcome and/or progress of a play. Usually occurs when the home plate umpire hinders the catcher's ability to throw the ball, either to the pitcher or to a fielder in order to prevent a stolen base. Also occurs when when a fair ball accidentally touches an umpire before touching or passing a fielder.

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