When Will They Learn? Do Not Pass Another Runner!
It is a simple rule but many players, even veteran major leaguers, remain uninformed. Do not pass another runner while running the bases.
(9) He passes a preceding runner before such runner is out;
This play happened on Opening Day, April 1, 2021 when the Dodgers played the Colorado Rockies.
In the third inning with Justin Turner on 1B, Cody Bellinger powered a drive to the left-field wall at Coors Field. Colorado left fielder, Raimel Tapia, initially caught the ball but it popped out of his glove and went over the fence for a home run. Evidently, Turner, didn’t see the ball pop out of Tapia’s glove and raced back to 1B (running hard, Turner was already past 2B) to avoid being doubled up. As he ran to 1B he passed a confused Cody Bellinger.
Ruling: As soon as Turner passed Bellinger on his way back to 1B, Bellinger is declared out. Turner is permitted to continue to run the bases but since the ball went over the fence, the ball is dead. Turner is awarded home on the home run, Bellinger is called out and credited with a single.
Coaching Note: Since Bellinger saw the ball pop out of Tapia’s glove and knew it was a home run he should have stopped Turner from passing him. A runner may physically assist or restrain another from passing.