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Discussion: baserunning

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July 24, 2012
boston
296 posts
baserunning
I just wanted to share a pet peeve of mine when runners are on base. It drives me crazy when a runner on 1st or 2nd or both go halfway on a fly ball. I am a firm believer runners should tag up and advance a base. If the ball drops you are going to advance a base or 2 anyway. Am I off base on this or what? What are your thoughts?
July 24, 2012
#19
Men's 60
252 posts
Very situational

#19
July 24, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
It certainly depends on how deep the "fly ball" is, which could be nothing more than a long popup.
July 24, 2012
frampton
Men's 55
55 posts
Agree with both 19s on the situational nature -- in addition to the depth, it depends on how easy of a catch it is, whether the outfielder is moving towards or away from the infield, how good the outfielder's arm is. And the game situation -- for example, if you're tagging at first so you can get to second if the outfielder makes a running catch, but it falls and you only get to third instead of scoring, it gives the other team another chance to get an out. (Of course, you NEVER want to get forced at second if the ball drops.)

July 24, 2012
boston
296 posts
I can understand your situational argument. I just feel runners should always be ready to take the next base with a tag. Far too many times, I have played with guys that go halfway whether the ball is hit 250 or 299 ft. So I personally am always ready to go.
Frampton: if that same runner goes half way and ball is caught he has to go back to first dp is still on no chance to score on basehit. If the runner tags and gets to second, takes away dp and puts him in scoring position.
I will concede the runner must have decent speed for any of this to be possible.
July 26, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
976 posts
Always Tag when you can, it's very Situational as G19 has stated.. you just have to read what the Outfielder is doing! I think no tag happens on harder hit almost line drives that the OF catches very deep and if the runner wasn't at Halfway, he could of tagged... it's not easy to read everything perfectly!
July 27, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
swing, absolutely correct.
July 27, 2012
HJ
Men's 70
414 posts
My pet peeve is baserunners who fail to "read" what they can see. To me it is often clear the outfielder isn't going to catch it but the runner
stays on the base to tag up when he just should have been running. If you are right you are on 3rd, if wrong and a difficult catch is made, you should be able to get back in time. It is situational but the quick read is the key.
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