Double or triple play?
April 28, 2011 1:46 PM Subscribe
Baseball rules question---put on your umpire's cap.
posted by teg4rvn to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Runners on 1st and 2nd, nobody out. Runners going on the pitch---deep fly ball to right-center. Runner from second takes a quick glance at the ball, determines that it is non-catchable, and sprint around third toward home. Runner on first not so sure--stops between 1st and second to see if the ball drops. Lo and behold, centerfielder makes a diving catch in the gap. Runner from second (who has now already crossed home plate realizes he is a dead duck to be doubled off at second), just stands at homeplate in amazement of the catch. CF injured badly on the catch (rightfielder needs to run over and retrieve ball)---runner from first goes back and tags up all the way to third base. Questions:
Did runner on first figuratively "pass" the runner who should have returned to 2B...and is therefore out?
Let's say runner from 2B goes back to dugout on play (knowing he'll be out trying to get back to 2B)..is it now OK for runner from 1B to go all the way to 3B (assuming that runner who went into dugout is technically out of basepath)?
Bonus points for finding where in the rules of baseball this may be covered.
FYI, this is a hypothetical of a similar situation.