When a defender is saddled with an error for prolonging a plate appearance because he dropped a foul pop, why is the hiter not charged with an at bat?
So he grounds out on the next pitch and is charged for two at-bats on one plate appearance? Can't happen...
I had a situation arise in a youth game several years ago; asked two veteran HS umpires their opinions and they gave me opposite answers. Situation: Runner on first with one out. Grounder hit to second; runner starts to 2nd and "retreats" towards first to avoid tag; 2nd baseman throws to first to "force" the batter and team commences the run-down. Field umpire immediately calls the runner out with explanation that he "gave himself up" by retreating towards first.
Mine was the team in the field so I don't have an axe to grind on it, but the two certified umps I asked later gave me two different answers; one said he could "retreat" and the other said the field umps were correct. I think the runner can not only retreat to avoid the tag, he can return to first base once the "force" behind him is no longer in play. Anybody?
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