Interesting about the baseline rule. Although I don't have my rulebook handy at the moment, I believe that in Little League, the "baseline" is what is established by the runner in the judgment of the umpire.
I like interleague play as a special case, but I agree that having it throughout the season is silly. Of course, now that there are an odd number of teams in each league, they have no choice (unless they change the Monday/ Thursday day-off scheduling).
Thankfully, it sounds like Lackey's injury is not too serious.
Okay, Aaron. Three separate thoughts from you...three reactions from me:
1.) I think what you are describing is what takes place between first and third when there's a question about running out of the baseline or an interference play in that part of the field. It's different between home and first base.
2.) I have never liked Interleague play. I would get rid of it ASAP when elected commissioner.
3.) Amen, brother! I'm hoping he has a good year. Most pitchers--a year removed from Tommy John surgery--say they've never felt better and have pretty good years. Some kids are having it done way early now (college!) just to get it out of the way and actually improve the internal mechanics of their pitching arm. Crazy stuff.