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Discussion: Commitment line

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May 12, 2018
Mike Igneri
1 posts
Commitment line
Yesterday as a third baseman, I chased the runner toward home. He just stood on the third base side of the commit line. As I was about to apply the tag, he stepped over the line with one foot. I then applied the tag. The runner claimed he was safe at home. I know the catcher canít tag the runner, but can the third baseman. Please help. Thanks.
May 12, 2018
Men's 70
4200 posts
SAFE is the correct call ... The rule prohibits a tag on the home plate side of the commitment line and makes no mention regarding specific defensive players ... Head's up base running move at a minimum ... Next time, you should just flip the ball over his head to ANY defensive player covering the strike mat/home plate area for the out ...
May 13, 2018
38 posts
Another scenario - (local league - self umpped)
runner heading home crosses commit line then when the ball appears like it's going to beat him - he stops and goes back towards 3rd re-crossing the commit line and before he reaches 3rd the throw gets away from catcher and goes through a small opening in backstop (out of play)so runner heads home. Other team said that "you can not re-cross the commit line or your out". I said the runner can cross and re-cross as many times as they want but once they have crossed the commit line the first time all that has to be done is to toss the ball to the catcher to make the force out at home.
I was the "ump" for that inning (each team self ump their own offensive 1/2 of the inning) and am wondering ... was as I correct?
May 14, 2018
k man
Men's 65
318 posts
You must be afraid of commitment!

Cannot return to 3rd base, must continue home
May 14, 2018
1080 posts
OMD.. no, once the runner crosses the commitment line he must proceed to the scoring plate.. if he turns back toward 3rd and crosses back over the line he should be called out immediately
May 14, 2018
409 posts
OMD don't quit your day job.
There's a reason it's called the Commit Line, not the Cross Over & Go Back Line . . .
May 14, 2018
38 posts
Not really afraid of commitment - you can ask any of my 6 ex-wives or any of my 17 ex-girlfriends! LOL!
Dang! Guess I'm owing some beers! Did not realize once you cross commit line your automatically out if you cross back over it!
And so ends a possibly beautiful career in umpiring!
May 15, 2018
1985 posts
Mike, allow me to further specify on your scenario. As Dave correctly stated that runner is automatically safe. He doesnít have to touch the scoring plate or cross the scoring line, he can go right to the dugout. And the play remains live
May 16, 2018
10 posts
Does the runner have to be completely over the commitment line?
May 16, 2018
Men's 70
4200 posts
NOPE ... One foot "down", on or beyond the commitment line, triggers the "commitment" to continue to the home plate/scoring line and bars a return to the third base side of that line ...
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