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Base ball unintentionally hitting runner while running to first.


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What happens when a base runner is injured during a play and fails to touch a the base he is running to? During the play, the runner was unintentionally hit by a ball thrown by a defensive player? The defensive team then went and tagged the runner who was injured and the runner was called out.

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The runner is out.  Being injured (even if the injury was caused by the legal play of the defense) does not entitle the runner to a free pass to a base.

 

Note that if the ball became dead before the runner was out (ball thrown out of play, home run, etc.) then the runner would be entitled to any awarded bases *and* that a substitute could take the injured runner's place to complete the award.

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3 minutes ago, Guest Brenden said:

What happens when a base runner is injured during a play and fails to touch a the base he is running to? During the play, the runner was unintentionally hit by a ball thrown by a defensive player? The defensive team then went and tagged the runner who was injured and the runner was called out.

Unless there's indication the runner is going to die on the field typically the play is kept live...and the defense can tag said player if he doesn't make it to first.   That's the letter of rule.

Younger players and more recreational/casual leagues you may see umps kill the play and allow the runner the base...it's supported by sportsmanship here and there, but is not supported by rule.

In 1994 Moises Alou broke his leg rounding first...he was tagged out before receiving medical attention.

 

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If this weren't the "Ask the Umpire" forum, I'd have to point out that baseballs have no minds, so no intentions, and thus they cannot do anything intentionally or unintentionally.

But it is, so I can't. Sorry.

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Not following up on the thought exercise @maven did not pose ...

What is the preferred method of killing a play?  Take it out behind the barn and Old Yeller it?  Electric chair?  Gas chamber?  Lethal injection?

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50 minutes ago, The Man in Blue said:

Not following up on the thought exercise @maven did not pose ...

What is the preferred method of killing a play?  Take it out behind the barn and Old Yeller it?  Electric chair?  Gas chamber?  Lethal injection?

Have either Burt Reynolds or Jon Voight shoot it with a bow and arrow.

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