Tatis Jr. Apparently Fails to Retouch First Base
The Padres and Rockies played at Coors Field on June 11, 2023. In the top of the third inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. was on first base when Rockies’ pitcher Dinelson Lamet attempted to pick him off. The throw got by first baseman Elehuris Montero. Tatis went back to the base standing, and it appeared that before he took off for second, his momentum had carried him past first base into foul ground. He then appeared to step to the outfield side of first base (not making contact with the base) as he redirected toward second, apparently never touching first base. He ended up on third base.
Did Tatis Jr. violate the retouch rule?
- Although not conclusive, Tatis Jr. most likely violated rule 5.09 (c) (2) that reads, “any runner shall be called out on appeal when with the ball in play, while advancing or returning to a base, he fails to touch each base in order before he, or a missed base is tagged. “
- It’s possible Tatis scraped the right field side of the base but if I had to bet, he did not. The situation certainly deserved an appeal by the Rockies and if necessary, a challenge.
- Just as in any other base, if a runner disengages first base, he must retouch the base.
- The bases must be run in proper order.
- In my opinion, the Rockies fell asleep on this one. They should have appealed the running infraction.
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