How are you making that call?

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    So this is a question recently sent out on this website. I understand it fully, including the answer. However……how the heck do we make that call?
    <h3 class=”llms-question-text”>The following play reportedly occurred in a spring-training game circa 1960: A runner tried to score from second base on a single. The runner toppled over the catcher and was presumed out, except no tag had been applied and the runner hadn’t touched the plate. So, the umpire made no call. With all unsure whether the runner was out or safe, the runner rose, dusted himself off then trotted into his dugout as if he were selling himself as safe.At that point, the first baseman ran to the opposing team’s dugout and called for the pitcher to throw him the ball for the purpose of tagging the runner who was in the dugout. But the runner saw what was going on and charged out of the dugout. He sprinted toward the plate for the purpose of tagging the plate before he was tagged.The result: The runner was caught in a run-down between home plate and his dugout and was tagged out.</h3>

    Answer:  Once the runner entered the dugout, he was called out and could not return to touch the plate. However, his run would score unless the defensive team made a proper appeal.


    Completely understand, but how would we possibly do that correctly? “Uh….runner is out because he entered the dugout before I had a reason to make the call. But the run scores because he crossed the plate…..”. Without leading on to much that there was no tag and the runner never touched the plate….or would we? And how would we explain that the run still scores unless there is an appeal, without hinting at the defence too much that they might want to appeal? All the while making it clear that the runner could no longer return to the field of play so that we didn’t have to deal with players running chaotically all over the place.


    Any thoughts or suggestions?

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