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Scoring a Run on a Triple Play

It’s All. About. Timing. Scoring a run on a triple play is by far one of the rarest plays in baseball. The Yankees did it the second inning against the Reds on July 25, 2017. With none out and the bases loaded, Todd Frazier, hero of the Tom’s River, NJ, Little League World Champions, a […]

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Time Play Opening Day 2017

The 2017 baseball season wasn’t quite two days old when we had our first “Time Play” confusion. When the third out of an inning is not the result of a force play and it happens about the same time a runner is crossing the plate, the plate umpire must decide “in time,” what occurred first-the […]

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Time Play

If a runner scores before the third out is made it will count unless the third out is a force out. For example, one out, runners on 2B and 3B. Ground ball to the first baseman who fields the ball and steps on the base for the second out. He then throws the ball to the shortstop who gets the runner on 2B in a rundown between 2B and 3B. Meanwhile, the runner from 3B scores before the other runner is tagged out. The run scores.

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Creating a Time Play

There are several different ways that a runner can help to create a “Time Play.” With runners on second and third and two outs, the batter hits a ground ball to the third baseman or shortstop who fields the ball in front of the runner. The runner must allow the fielder to field the ball but […]

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Time Play

When the third out occurs by a back runner just before or just after a lead runner crosses the plate and that out is not the result of a force out or the batter-runner being retired before reaching first base for the third out, you have a “Time Play.” If the runner advancing home crosses […]

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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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Game-Ending Problems

Have you ever seen a game in which the umpires applied the incorrect rule regarding the termination of the game? Have you ever seen a defensive team appeal two runners in the same play for not touching the next base when forced? How about if it involved a game-ending play? If so, is the order […]