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It can be a tricky situation when a runner tries to cut off a throwing lane. For example, when a runner is picked off 1B and he decides to run to the inside of 2B, he is probably not interfering with the play but effectively shrinking the throwing lane from the first baseman to the fielder covering 2B. Unless the runner does something to intentionally interfere with a thrown ball or the fielder making the play, it is smart base running. This is a judgement call by the umpire.
Usually when a baserunner is touched by a batted ball, he will be declared out. But when the batted ball passes an infielder other than the pitcher, and then touches the baserunner, he is not out. The ball remains alive and in play.
In very simple terms, “batters” become “batter-runners” when they have occasion to run to first base and “runners” when they successfully reach first base. Hitting a fair ball or receiving a base on balls are perhaps the two most common ways that a batter can become a batter-runner. We address in great detail all the […]
I often emphasize the importance of understanding who has the “right of way” both offensively and defensively. Perhaps the most controversial “right of way” play of the season occurred on July 8, 2016 when the Dodgers hosted the Padres.