In Defense of the Infield Fly Rule

My post on the controversial Infield Fly Rule call in last week’s National League Wild Card game generated a number of comments and emails, several suggesting that, not only was the call wrong, but that the rule itself is a bad idea and should be scrapped. This motivated me to write a defense of the Infield Fly Rule, which now has been published on The Atlantic.

By the way, media opinion on last week’s call seems to be changing. Two of the stronger defenses are here and here (with video breakdown).

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3 Responses

  1. I assume you are aware of the law review article on the common law origins of the infield fly rule at

  2. Bruce Boyden says:

    “There is a force in effect at all the bases; absent the rule, the runners must run when the ball hits the ground. But if they run and the ball is caught, they will be doubled off at their previous base.”

    What if only one runs, and the other stays put?

  3. If the ball is caught, then only one will be doubled off. If they both run (and there are no outs) there’ll be a triple play.