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Frank_NL Amateur 24 posts since
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Sep 13, 2011 2:42 PM

out on forced play when stepping back?

Hi there,


It has been a while that I posted a question here, and yes, I have one!

I seem to remember that a commenter on ESPN said that a runner is out when he steps back, when it is a forced play. Eh.. I mean..

It is a forced play: R1 and R2. Batter hits a grounder to F5. F5 fields the ball, R2 is somewhere between Base2 and Base3, and tries to avoid the tag by stepping into the direction of Base2; he does not leave the straight line between Base2 and Base3.

Is R2 out?

What if a fielder with the ball in possession, makes a tagging gesture with it in the direction of a forced runner, even when the fielder and runner are (very) far apart, and the runner steps back in the direction of the base he is supposed to leave?

Does this apply for all runners, also the B/R?


In my view, the R2 cannot go to the base he was forced to leave, and the stepping back in the direction of the previous base should be regarded as leaving the straight line with more than 1-meter, and thus the runner is out.

Where is this in the OBR?





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