Mookie Betts Tag Archive

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Runner Slides Home During Time Play

The runner approaching home plate needs to touch the plate ASAP. I would prefer that he run through the plate rather than slide. In the following play, however, the runner hustled home and slid to beat the third out. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Boston Red Sox on August 7, 2016. The Dodgers had […]

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Time Plays

Rule 5.08 (a) covers a “Time Play,” which is umpire lingo. The term “Time Play” is not found in the rule book. Generally speaking, when a third out occurs just before or just after a runner crosses the plate and the third out is not the result of a force out or the batter-runner being retired […]

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Beckham Time Play

Time Play: Runner Slows Down Before Reaching the Plate The most common mistake that the runner approaching home plate makes during an inning-ending “Time Play” is when he slows down before crossing the plate. Many runners do it, especially when they know that there will not be a play made on them. But by slowing […]

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How a Catch is Defined

The ridiculous catch rule surfaced in Tuesday night’s White Sox-Red Sox game at Fenway Park. With Adam Eaton on base and two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Jose Abreu hit a shot to right-center field that Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts gathered in his glove just before leaping into the short […]