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Discussion: Courtesy Runner Rule Question

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Oct. 14, 2022
Men's 60
144 posts
Courtesy Runner Rule Question
The rule as stated in the rule book...

Any player on the roster and present may be a courtesy runner if listed on the official lineup. A courtesy runner may be used for a base runner at any time, but the same courtesy runner may not be used more than once per inning. Any courtesy runner found running more than once per inning will be called out. Any player on the team roster may be a courtesy runner; he does not have to be playing defense or in the batting order.

All players listed below are on the official lineup card.

1. Lou Gehrig– 1B
2. Rogers Hornsby– 2B
3. Mike Schmidt– 3B
4. Honus Wagner– SS
5. Johnny Bench– C
6. Ted Williams– LF
7. Willie Mays– CF
8. Babe Ruth– RF
9. Ty Cobb– LCF
10. Sandy Koufax– P
11. Barry Bonds - DH

a. Rickey Henderson
b. Lou Brock
c. Tim Raines
d. Vince Coleman

Now the question...

Could I set my lineup as above (10 fielders and 11 batters):
and only use (a), (b), (c) and (d) as courtesy runners for players 1 thru 11 ?
Oct. 14, 2022
939 posts
I understand running for Bench, but why would the Say Hey kid need a courtesy runner?

Anywho... You could set your lineup as describedt, using players off the bench as CRs only. The CRs just couldn't run more than 1x per inning.
Oct. 15, 2022
Men's 70
4281 posts
H² ... It's been a while (maybe a decade or more), but we've seen a lineup similar to this one ... A 50-AAA team out of Hawaii came to the World's with a 20-man roster ... Ten guys played defense and batted ... The other ten were CR's only ... Andy ran only for Al, Billy ran only for Bobby, Charley ran only for Carlos, etc. ... Only reason I found out about it was in an open inning when they batted around and tried to put Billy in to run for Bobby again after Bobby got his second hit of the inning ... It was pretty funny ...

Oct. 17, 2022
Men's 60
187 posts
here's an actual scenario, happened in the very first Tournament of Champions. We had a very fast runner, that also played defense. He actually ran in every inning! He also earned the MVP ( we won the tourney / age division.) He was protested twice as having run too many times in an inning, but 1 was for himself, 1 as courtesy. Truth is stranger than fiction!!
Oct. 17, 2022
1991 posts
I don’t umpire a whole lot of senior ball but here is a situation I had. .
Open inning. #14 goes in to run. He scores two batters later. He comes up to bat three batters later and gets a base hit. After the first pitch to the next batter the coach for the other team argues #14 should be out because he already ran for someone. Just because you ran for someone earlier in the same inning, you can’t run for yourself—really?
Oct. 17, 2022
Men's 60
217 posts
Mays batting 7th and Bonds hitting 11th ? Lol.

As long as the players are listed for that game on the lineup card as subs, they are good to run ( once an inning).

Stick, a player as far as i know can run for another player then come to bat in the same inning ( of course as long as hes not on base when his turn to hit comes up ) and run for himself.
Oct. 17, 2022
1991 posts
Here’s my line up:
1) Cobb. 2) Bonds 3) Ruth 4) Williams 5) Mays 6) Bench 7) Gehrig
8) Schmidt 9) Wagner 10) Hornsby 11) Koufax

AJC, I initially thought that coach was joking but he was serious plus was quite agitated! Only in senior softball
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