Was It Fan Interference By Astros Fan Troy Caldwell?


Here’s the video from the ALCS of a Jose Altuve home run that was called interference by the umpires who say Mookie Betts didn’t get a fair shot at catching the home run ball.
Astros fan Troy Caldwell was identified as the man who cost Altuve the home run. However, if you watch the video closely, you’ll see that Caldwell doesn’t reach over the wall for the ball.
Here’s the rule straight from MLB:

In every case of spectator interference with a batted or thrown ball, the ball shall be declared dead and the baserunners can be placed where the umpire determines they would have been without the interference. When a spectator clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball by reaching onto the field of play, the batter shall be ruled out. But no interference is called if a spectator comes in contact with a batted or thrown ball without reaching onto the field of play — even if a fielder might have caught the ball had the spectator not been there.

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