When a runner is legally returning after a fly ball has been caught, he can be put out by being tagged with the ball by a defensive player or merely by the defensive player with the ball touching the base occupied by the runner at the time of the pitch.
How does a runner get tagged out?
In baseball, a tag out, sometimes just called a tag, is a play in which a baserunner is out because a fielder touches him with the ball or with the hand or glove holding the ball, while the ball is live and the runner is in jeopardy of being put out – usually when he is not touching a base.
When can a runner be tagged out?
Summary of Tag Outs
Anytime a base runner is advancing the bases, he can be tagged out by a fielder who has possession of the ball. If a fielder has the ball and is near a base runner who is in the process of running between two bases, the fielder can simply touch the base runner with his glove, and the runner is out.
Do you have to tag the runner at third?
For example if there is a runner on second but no one on first, the runner on second is not forced to run to third if the batter gets a hit. If the runner does choose to run to third, or takes he or her foot off the base, then you can tag the runner while you have the glove in your hand to make an out.
Do you have to tag the runner?
In a non-force situation, the fielder must tag a runner with the ball held securely in the hand; or, he can tag the runner with the glove in which the ball is held securely. It is not a legal tag if the ball is in the fielder’s hand, and the tag is then made with an empty glove.
Do you always have to tag the runner at home plate?
As outlined in the previous paragraph, the runner must then be tagged if the runner attempts to return to the plate; if the runner continues on the way to the bench, the defense may make an appeal. A runner may no longer return to touch a missed base—home plate or otherwise—after having entered the dugout.
Do runners have to slide into home?
Must a runner slide into home plate? No. Little League does not have a “Must Slide” rule for a runner sliding into home or any other base. However, any runner is out when the runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag.
How do you tag bases?
Under Official Baseball Rules 2.00 A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touching a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball, while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove.
Can a runner be tagged out while standing on a base?
Yes. Until the out at first is completed the runner standing on first has no rights to the base. MLB rule 7.01: A runner acquires the right to an unoccupied base when he touches it before he is out.
Do you have to tag the runner or the base?
If two runners are on the same base, at the same time and both are tagged, the following runner is declared out. On a force play situation, the runner who is forced to advance shall be declared out when tagged on the base or the base to which he is forced is touched by a fielder while in possession of the ball.
Does the catcher have to touch the runner?
The umpire will consider such factors as whether the runner made an effort to touch the plate and whether he lowered his shoulder or used his hands, elbows or arms when approaching the catcher. Runners are not required to slide, and catchers in possession of the ball are allowed to block the plate.
Can an umpire call a runner out for missing a base?
Ruling: The umpire should call the runner out. Under the circumstances given a verbal appeal of this action is not required. It is obvious why the ball is being thrown to a base to which a runner is returning.