Runners

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The Math Behind the Stolen Base

Topics: Baseball Instruction, Catcher, Runners, Uncategorized

Numbers often tell the story in baseball. In this video, shot in 1993, Reds Bench Coach, Ray Knight details the numbers behind the stolen base. How long does it take a catcher to catch a pitch and then get the ball to 2B? How fast must a runner get to 2B to be safe 80%…

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Doubled Up, but is the Runner Out of the Base Path?

Topics: Baseline, Runners
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Christian Yelich Called Out After Overrunning 1B

Topics: Batter Runner, Rules Controversy, Runners, Uncategorized
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What is Runner Abandonment?

Topics: Base, Runners, Runners Passing Runners

  Before getting to the plays in this report, it’s important to outline the two rules that the umpires had to reference in making their decision.     Runner Abandonment: Rule 5.09 (b) (1) and (2) Comment The rule reads, “If a runner leaves his base path and heads for his dugout or his position believing…

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Runner is Hit by a Batted Ball. Safe or Out? It Depends…

Topics: Baseball Myths, Batted Ball, Runners, Uncategorized

There’s a perception that when a runner is hit by a batted ball, he is always out. Not true. Runners are struck by batted balls in a variety ways. If this occurs when the runner is hit in front of an infielder, who is attempting to make a play, he is called out for interference…

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When Will They Learn? Do Not Pass Another Runner!

Topics: Runners, Runners Passing Runners, Uncategorized

It is a simple rule but many players, even veteran major leaguers, remain uninformed. Do not pass another runner while running the bases. (5.09(b)(9) (9) He passes a preceding runner before such runner is out; This play happened on Opening Day, April 1, 2021 when the Dodgers played the Colorado Rockies. In the third inning…

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When a Runner Attempts to Steal Home

Topics: Balk, Batter's Box, Catcher, Catcher Interference, Famous Plays, Interference, Pitcher, Runners
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How a Smart Baserunner Can Exploit the Basepath Rules

Topics: Baseline, Runner Interference, Runners, Uncategorized

In the game of baseball, as in all major sports, coaches instruct their players to take what the defense gives them. Conversely, it would be a good idea for defensive players to take what the offense gives them. Let’s look at the following play. The Cardinals and Pirates played two games on Sept. 18 at…

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Baserunning Tactic: Falling to the Ground, Effective and Legal

Topics: Baseline, Runner Interference, Runners

Although it sounds ridiculous, falling to the ground can be an effective tactic in your running game. Take the following play. The Yankees and Phillies played at Citizens Bank on Aug. 6. In the bottom of the third, the Phils had a 3-2 lead. Andrew McCutchen led off the inning with a base hit before…

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Batter-Runner Beats the Throw but Steps on Fielder’s Foot! Safe or Out?

Topics: Batter Runner, Runners
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