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Javier Baez – Sneaky Single or Out of Baseline?

The Cubs and Dodgers played at Wrigley on Tuesday, April 29, 2019, when an interesting “out of the baseline” controversy developed. In the bottom of the second, Javy Baez was batting with an 0-2 count and one out when he tapped a soft ground ball to Dodgers’ first baseman, David Freese. It looked like an […]

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11 Rules Questions that Need Answering Now

If a manager wants to challenge multiple situations in the same play, what is the proper way to have the field umpires communicate this to the Command Center?   The manager should tell the field umpires the situations he wants challenged. It should be done in layers at the same time. Does a tag attempt […]

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New Baseline Rule (2017) Changes Umpire Interpretation

Prior to the 2017 season, a runner’s baseline (excluding a rundown) was restricted by the fielder’s tag attempt with ball in glove or hand and extended toward the runner. This season, however, there is a rule change. A fielder no longer has to have ball in glove or hand extended toward the runner to restrict […]

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Benintendi Baseline Call Preserves No-Hitter

The Baseline rule (5.09 (b) (1) played a major role in preserving A’s pitcher Sean Manaea’s no-hitter against the Red Sox on Saturday night. With two outs in the sixth inning, Boston left fielder Andrew Benintendi sent a soft grounder up the first-base line and was ruled safe at first base after first baseman Matt Olson failed to tag […]

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The New Baseline Rule for 2017

Any runner is out when he runs more than three-feet away from his base path to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base […]

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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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Wainwright Loses Glove During Tag Attempt

Perhaps the weirdest tag play in a long time occurred in the Mets-Cardinals game played in St. Louis on Thursday night. With one out in the fifth inning, Mets’ first baseman James Loney popped a ball into short left field that landed just out of the reach of Greg Garcia. Yoenis Cespedes, the runner on first base, […]

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Baez Baseline

The Giants hosted the Cubs on May 22, 2016. The Cubs’ Javy Baez led off the top of the eighth inning with a slow roller to first baseman Brandon Belt, who fielded the ball and tried to tag Baez and missed. But first base umpire Dana DeMuth called Baez out for running out of the […]

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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 […]

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Baseline Rules to Know

During our spring training presentations I emphasized how the runner makes his own baseline. Until there is a tag attempt, the runner is on his own. The rule reads, “… A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting […]