Maikel Franco Tag Archive


Controversial Balk Call, Braves vs Phillies

Controversial Balk Call The Phils and Braves met in Philadelphia on April 22. In the top of the fourth inning, the Braves had Brandon Phillips on second base and two outs when Phils’ right-hander Jerad Eickhoff was called for a balk by umpire Tripp Gibson. After Phillips broke for third base, Eickhoff, a right-hander, made […]

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Avoiding a Tag by Falling to the Ground

When possible, a runner should never avoid a tag by going laterally (horizontally) to his right or left. By doing so, he is restricting himself to the 3-foot baseline rule. When possible it’s best to fall to the ground or backpedal when avoiding a tag. This buys time for all runners, including himself. Let’s see […]

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How to Avoid the Tag

The Cubs hosted the Phillies on May 29, 2016. In the top of the fourth, the Phils had Fred Galvis on third and Maikel Franco on first with one out when Tommy Joseph hit a ground ball to second baseman Ben Zobrist. To avoid Zobrist, Franco ran right, 90 degrees away from Zobrist, and was […]