Martin Raffol – Least Understood Baseball Rules

Leveraging the education he received in business management at Northeastern University in Boston, Martin Raffol currently serves as an area director and business broker for Natick, Massachusetts-based Murphy Business and Financial Corporation. In this position, Martin Raffol is responsible for helping business owners increase the value of their organizations and position them for sale. In his spare time, the former baseball player for the men’s varsity team at Northeastern continues to enjoy playing America’s favorite pastime.

Below are a few of the least understood rules found in baseball.

Balk – A balk is an illegal movement made by the pitcher when there are runners on base. This movement disrupts the pitching motion and is made with the purpose of catching a runner off base. When a balk is committed, all base runners can advance to the next base.

Ground rule double – A ground rule double is called when a batter hits a ball into the outfield that bounces into the stands in fair territory, making it impossible for the outfielder to make a play on the ball. When a ground rule double is called, the batter automatically proceeds to second base.

Infield fly rule – An umpire can call a batter out on an infield fly rule when a fly ball can be caught in fair play by an infielder; runners occupy first and second base or the bases are loaded; and there is only one out in the inning.