Runners Passing Runners Category Archive

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Runners Passing Runners, Oh My!

Passing the Runner: Rule 5.09 (b) (9) The passing the runner rule might be best understood if it read, “When two runners cross each other on the base paths while the ball is in play via a base hit, home run, error etc., the trail runner is called out.”  The ball remains alive and in […]

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Dodgers and Angels Players Ignore Umpires…What Happens Next is Chaos

The Onus is on the Defensive Team not to Play on a Retired Runner The Dodgers and Angels played in Anaheim on July 6th.  In the top of the sixth the Dodgers had Justin Turner on second and Cody Bellinger on first with one out when Matt Kemp singled to left scoring Turner.  Justin Upton […]

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Rule of the Week: Batter Abandonment – When A Batter Is Called Out For Desertion

Your favorite player swings and misses. “Strike three,” signals the umpire. While the disgusted batter drops his head and walks dejectedly back towards his dugout, a fan yells, “Run! He dropped the ball!” The batter now takes off in a half sprint to first base. Too late, the home plate umpire has already signaled out. […]

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Passing Baserunner

When a trail runner passes a lead runner on the base path, the ball remains live and the trail runner doing the passing is called out. This normally happens at 1B when a batter runner is watching the flight of the ball and the runner at 1B goes back to the bag for a possible tag up play. As soon as he physically passes the lead runner, he is ruled out.

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Bizarre Play – Passing Runners, Abandonment, or Obstruction?

Perhaps the most bizarre play of the 2015 season occurred at Citi Field on Wednesday night (July 1) where the Mets hosted the Cubs. And in my opinion the umpires did not invoke the proper penalty. From this corner the Mets caught a break. The Mets were batting in the bottom of the eighth with […]

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Passing Runner Violations

A strange inning-ending double play occurred in the August 26, 2015 game between the Royals and Orioles in Kansas City. In the bottom of the second, the Royals had two runs in and runners on first (Omar Infante) and second (Paulo Orlando) and one out when Alcides Escobar flied to Adam Jones in deep left […]

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Trail Runner Passing Lead Runner & Two Runners on Same Base

Perhaps the most bizarre play of the 2015 season occurred at Citi Field on Wednesday night (July 1) where the Mets hosted the Cubs. And in my opinion the umpires did not invoke the proper penalty. From this corner the Mets caught a break. The Mets were batting in the bottom of the eighth with […]