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Discussion: Avoiding a tag

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Sept. 13, 2021
6 posts
Avoiding a tag
Runners are on 1st & 2nd, no one out.

The shortstop moves up defensively to 'cut off' the runner to 3rd and try for a quick double play.

I am on 2nd and as soon as the ball is hit, I take a deep trajectory as if I am going to be scoring on a ball to the outfield. The shortstop fields the ball, but I am well out of his reach, although I did not change my trajectory to avoid the tag since he had not fielded the ball yet.

Out of the baseline or play on?

Sept. 13, 2021
1905 posts
I’d have to see this play but the way you describe it—play on.
You can only be called out of the basepath is if your avoiding a tag.
Sept. 14, 2021
12 posts
I would agree with stick8, I would have to see the play unfold before making a judgement. As a runner, you'd have to be exceptionally quick to establish a basepath that was not directly in line with the 3B in the situation described unless the ball wasn't hit that hard.

Furthermore, assuming it was a ground ball directly to the SS in the infield with runners on 1B and 2B it would be hard to convince me that you were really thinking of running from 2B to home on an infield ground ball. My bias would be in favor of the defense based on what you described, but again, I didn't see the play so all this is purely conjecture.
Sept. 14, 2021
12 posts
One more point, you will see this a lot at 1B where the first baseman will position themselves just outside the basepath (sometimes in the basepath) with a runner on first and less than two outs. The runner has the obligation to avoid the collision yet stay in the basepath (if hit to the first baseman) leaving very few options. The risk to the defense is the ball is not hit to the first baseman and there is obstruction if the first baseman cannot get out of the way of the runner.
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