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Discussion: Base runner tagging up on a bobbled fly ball to the outfield.

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Jan. 11, 2019
Men's 65
56 posts
Base runner tagging up on a bobbled fly ball to the outfield.
Scenario is less than 2 outs, base runner on 3rd base. Fly ball to left field. Ball hits left fielder's glove then bounces up in the air and eventually is caught for the out. Base runner on 3rd is on the bag during the "bobble" and takes off as soon as the ball hits the left fielder's glove, but before the fielder secures the ball for the out. In SSUSA softball, is the base runner out for leaving the base before the ball was caught?

In baseball, the base runner is not out and can leave the base as soon as the ball hits the fielder's glove. (as seen on a post from a "Stump the UMP" web site titled "Tagging up on a bobbled ball").

So, in softball, is the base runner out for leaving the base early on a bobbled fly ball that is eventually caught after bouncing off his glove before it is eventually caught for the out?
Jan. 11, 2019
4 posts
From my understanding, once it hit's the glove the runner has the right to tag up and go.
Jan. 11, 2019
Men's 65
2242 posts
We concur with Frischd44 ...

D. When a legally caught ball is first touched.

Jan. 12, 2019
1670 posts
Turbo bob, legal tag. On a fly ball (with less than 2 outs) a runner who is tagging up may advance once the ball is touched by a fielder
Jan. 13, 2019
Men's 70
302 posts
I might have this wrong, but I believe this rule changed from control to first touch, in MLB, because of Jimmy Piersall of the Red Sox. He would intentionally bobble the ball as he moved towards the infield.
Jan. 18, 2019
Wayne 37
Men's 60
515 posts
On a ball over foul territory, the fielder has to complete the act of the catch for the runner to advance legally. First touch of a ball over foul ground is considered a foul ball and a runner cannot advance on a foul ball. it is the act of completing the catch being what keeps the ball alive.
Jan. 18, 2019
mad dog
Men's 65
4167 posts
wayne....but yet the runner can still take off on the first touch with ball in foul territory.....he can only score if the ball is actually caught...if dropped he has to return to his base.....
Jan. 18, 2019
Men's 60
1762 posts
Oh no. It's Deja Vu all over again. Mad Dog you are correct.
Jan. 18, 2019
Men's 50
125 posts
It's amazing how someone will try and twist the words around in the ruling to get their own opinion of a simple rule such as this.
Jan. 18, 2019
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1166 posts
mad dog, you are correct. Whether the ball is fair or foul is not relevant.
Jan. 18, 2019
Wayne 37
Men's 60
515 posts
What's even more amazing is I get my information from umpires who have worked the World Series, not to mention high ranking college and high school officials who will tell you the same thing I if I run into any of them, I'll direct them you all's way.

Anyway, a runner can leave anytime they want to. The defense still has to make a proper appeal.

Diesel Dan, the MLB rule said "caught" for years. They recently amended it a few years ago. I think it was Joe Jackson not Jimmy Piersall.

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