>catcher immediately fires to first base, covering second baseperson's attempt
>is to get between the runner and the bag as the pitch is being thrown and we
>have potential for collision, double jeopardy (non-technical version), etc.
>Bottom line, returning runner is now faced with a fielder who is making a
>on an already thrown ball, but has no safe access to the bag. We could just
>take a lead more than the room that the second sacker would physcially
>We could always take off for second on every hint that this play appears to
So why dont you take off for second then?? WE do this play everytime a
baserunner is too agressive on their leads. It is no different than the
shortstop covering second on a steal attempt from first. Have used this pick
play for 4 years and NEVER once was there an injury. By the way, there is no
obstruction for the umpire to call in 99% of the cases as the 2nd baseman will
have the ball before your runner reaches the bag. If you break for second a
good team will get you out there also. Bottom line is be smart on the bases.
have told me, "I can't call obstruction on the fielder
>unless your runner make contact." Well, by strict interpretation of the
>doesn't obstruction/interference leave the judgement to the umpire without
>there actually having to be physcial contact?
Hard to have obstruction when the fielder is making a play on the ball.
>Bottom line, this tactic is unsafe.
Is the rules committee aware of this and
>other situations that are developing... like an entire team shouting, "Go
>it.", or "Turn on it.", to signal where the catcher is setting up.
I could come straight out and tell the hitter where the catcher is setting up
if I wanted to, nothing keeps me from doing so in the rule book. I personally
think that is stupid as the hitter needs to react to where the ball is thrown
and not where the catcher sets up, but I promise you I relay when the changeups
are coming if I have stolen the sign from the catcher. My baserunners will do
the same thing. Bottom line is once again, Be smarter than your opponant.
>asked the umpire to chase fans from behind the backstop that were giving such
>advice to the batter,
God advice as those fans are normally parents who shouldnt be talking to suzie
while up to bat.
but have not made much headway in trying to explain the
>path of logic of where a team leaves us when they start informing their
>where they THINK the ball is going.
>I, for one, will not use the MLB penalty enforcement to rectify this matter.
>am sure some aggressive former baseball playing coach will.
>If you use any of the above tactics, could you please defend them here in
>forum. I would be pleased to take the time to explain my reasoning as to the
>safety issues that pertain to the above.
>NorCal--SF Bay Area