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Old 10-24-17, 04:16 PM
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Runner on 1st, batter hits the ball to left center. Runner on rounds second and heads to 3rd.

Throw from left center to 3rd base is a little offline and forces the 3rd baseman to move about 3 feet away from the bag into the runners baseline. Ball gets there about 3 steps before the runner gets there but short hops the 3rd baseman who smothers the ball (loose ball on the ground). Runner slides feet first towards 3rd base but is stopped short of the bag due to the collision with the 3rd baseman on the ground. Runner gets up on their knees and reaches for 3rd base and is tagged out by the 3rd baseman who located and picked up the ball just before the runner could touch the bag.

Is this obstruction?

Just for clarity, the smothered ball and slide were not simultaneous. The ball was mishandled first and the slide did not dislodge or impede the attempted catch.
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