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The New Baseline Rule for 2017

This article summarizes the Official Baseball Rules’ changes for 2017 as it relates to runners called out for being out of the baseline. An attempted tag by the field is no longer required for the umpire to rule the runner out for deviating from his base path.

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 he is attempting to reach safely. Until the 2017 season, the defensive player had to make a definitive tag attempt…

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 he is attempting to reach safely. Until the 2017 season, the defensive player had to make a definitive tag attempt…

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...type of interest. Minus that, the umpire might not call the runner out judging that the fielder is just trying to get the batter-runner out.

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