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Holding the Tag on the Runner

There is no doubt that the advent of the Instant Replay has changed the game. Because fielders are holding the tag longer on tag plays, hoping that the replay will overturn a safe call, runners are at risk. In many cases umpires must determine whether the runner’s momentum took him off the base or did the fielder push the runner off the base. This past week the Pirates’ Gregory Polanco twice appeared to be safe…

There is no doubt that the advent of the Instant Replay has changed the game. Because fielders are holding the tag longer on tag plays, hoping that the replay will overturn a safe call, runners are at risk. In many cases umpires must determine whether the runner’s momentum took him off the base or did the fielder push the runner off the base. This past week the Pirates’ Gregory Polanco twice appeared to be safe…

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...staff needs to do to ensure that instances like Polanco’s don’t happen again.“It’s a factor,” Sofield said. “We can’t afford to lose those stolen bases.”

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