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  1. It's a caught ball. If we aren't going to let runners advance because it's a foul ball then why is the batter out?
  2. pnewton

    Does the run count?

    No, the rule is that no runs can score on a play where the third out is made on a force or (as is the case here) by the batter before safely reaching first base.
  3. So "sharp and direct" from the bat to the glove and is caught. This is the rule book definition of a foul tip. It's strike two and the runner may advance. In other words treat it like a swing and miss as long as the catcher legally caught the pitch. Many people use the term foul tip incorrectly, but this is actually it.
  4. pnewton

    Force Removed?

    Not sure if you mean why isn't this treated as an exception or why isn't there an exception in the rules. The answer to the first is that there are no exceptions to this rule. This was a play where the third out was recorded on a force out. I can't answer the second as I wasn't there when they wrote the rules.
  5. The reality is that unless it's really egregious it's not going to be seen. Base umpires are too far away and the plate umpire needs to be focused on the pitch. No one is specifically watching for this.
  6. pnewton

    Balk or no balk?

    This is a balk if playing under official baseball rules (obr). It is not a balk in NCAA or Fed (high school rules). So the simple answer is "it depends".
  7. Or just do it from on the rubber and only move the runner the one base. Would be hard to do this with a pitch in current mlb stadiums, but still.
  8. Tagging a player and tagging a base are different, that's the real issue here. It's not really about a forced runner or a not forced runner. I think OP believes that it would be an out to tag a forced runner with an empty glove. This is not the case at all. If tagging a runner the tag must be with the ball or the hand holding the ball (this includes the glove holding the ball). When tagging a base the fielder can touch the base with anything (i.e. foot) as long as they are holding the ball. Tagging a base doesn't just happen on force plays, it also happens on appeals and at first on ground balls. These are times the rules say tagging the base before the runner reaches that base results in an out. You could tag the base in almost any situation, it just wouldn't be an out if the rules don't say it is in that situation. If the OP had his way then there would need to be some special wording allowing a player to tag a base with their foot but not their hand, unless he wants fielder's to always have to reach down and tag the base with the glove holding the ball.
  9. Simple... It's not a trip
  10. pnewton

    Pitching questions

    Simple... There are no rules differences for righties and lefties, if one is allowed to do something so is the other. 1) Can a lefty step toward first and throw without moving the pivot foot? So can a righty. 2) Can a righty jabstep w pivot foot and step and throw? So can a lefty.
  11. It matters if the ball crosses the foul line, if it does it's a ball. It's probably also a wild pitch and a live ball so if runners decide to try to advance beyond the one they are entitled to a ball four they do so at their own risk. If the ball does not cross the foul line it is a balk and therefore not a pitch, so count stays 3-2.
  12. pnewton

    Infield Fly Rule

    Common understanding of IFF among players and youth coaches in my area is that you treat it like the ball is caught, even if it isn't. This would require runners to tag up if it were true. I think it was just a simple way to explain it to kids and it stuck like 10,000 other rules people think they know.
  13. Someone will get the exact reference but then player has to take the position on the mound and throw a warm up pitch. Just picking up the ball and tossing to a teammate isn't enough
  14. pnewton

    Tag up

    The only way the runner isn't required to retouch first base is if he had reached second before the pitcher started his pitching motion. Heading toward second isn't the same as reaching second.
  15. Watch the catcher actually catch (or not) the pitch. On strike three you may have to rule on if it was caught so get used to making that determination, then you can announce your call.
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