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Discussion: Courtesy Runners When the Team Bats Around
|April 14, 2019|
|Courtesy Runners When the Team Bats Around|
Question for you experts out there: We all know that a player can serve as a courtesy runner for a teammate only once per inning. However, someone recently told me that the same courtesy runner can run multiple times in the same inning, provided that he runs for the same teammate each time. Of course this could happen in an unlimited-run inning if the team bats around and the same player bats two or more times in the same inning, and gets himself on base more than once (via walk, hit, error, or fielder's choice). Is this a valid exception to the general rule that a given player can courtesy run only once per inning? If true, this is important to know, as it can effectively prevent a team from running out of courtesy runners in an unlimited-run inning.
|April 14, 2019|
|NOPE ... A courtesy runner may run only one time per inning ... The rule does NOT say for only one batter, which would be required for your scenario in a big open inning ... In that case, gawd forbid, the batter would actually have to run for himself if all other potential runners had been utilized ... Also, once a batter is run FOR, he may NOT then run for another player in the same inning ...|
|April 15, 2019|
|Thank-you, Dave. I had never heard this exception-to-the-rule, and so I was a little skeptical, and that's why I posted the question here yesterday. So this "rumor" is FALSE! Thanks again.|
|April 16, 2019|
|Sort of like the Farmers Insurance ad series, "..we seen a few things over the years.." ... Actually had this come up when a team came to the World Championships with a 20-man roster a few years ago ... 10 guys batted and played defense, and the other 10 were "rabbits", each assigned to one of the other 10 ... Well, they batted around in an open inning and wanted to send "rabbit #3" out to run for "batter #3" the second time around ... Umpire denied it (at least saved them the "out") appropriately ... The funny part was watching the guy (try to) run for himself ... He was about 5'-6", any way you cared to measure it, side to side, top to bottom or front to back at close to 280 pounds ... It was way up there on the "unintended comedy scale" ... Thanks for writing! ...|
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