What’s the infield fly rule?

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It was interesting researching the infield fly rule, because I have to admit that the intricacy of baseball rules sometimes baffles me. When I was a young athlete, my sport was basketball, and so I never really mastered the fine points of the Great American Pastime in the way that I learned, say, the difference between a legal pick and a moving screen, or how the five-second count works when you're trying to pass the ball inbounds to a teammate. To an extent, that really limits my appreciation of baseball, where legalistic precision is an integral part of the game's identity and appeal.

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  • Major League Baseball. "Official Info." MLB.com. Undated. July 14, 2013. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/definition_terms_2.jsp
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