Saturday, November 28, 2015
Australian Baseball Ejections (x2) - Takahito Matsuda
* OBR Rule 5.05(b)(2)(B) [formerly 6.08] states that the batter is entitled to first base when "he is touched by a pitched ball which he is not attempting to hit unless the batter makes not attempt to avoid being touched by the ball." Replays indicate Vavra may have actually 'leaned in' to the pitch by extending his elbow toward home plate, but relevant for Matsuda's ruling is that Vavra simply made no attempt to avoid being touched by the ball.
Note: Contrary to the broadcasters' depiction, Matsuda ruled the pitch a ball, not a strike. Had the pitch been located within the strike zone, the proper call would indeed have been a dead ball strike.
Wrap: Perth Heat vs. Melbourne Aces (Australian Baseball League), 11/27/15
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Video: Father and son Vavras are ejected after dead ball non-HBP; cameo by brother Trey (ABL, 1:45:31)