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Discussion: Double play or force out?

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Feb. 22
dkrollw364

4 posts
Double play or force out?
Bases loaded and no outs. One hopper hit to 3rd baseman who tags the runner that was is 3rd base (he was on the base yet while being tagged) and then steps on 3rd base after tagging the runner - is this a double play or is just the runner advancing from 2nd to 3rd out?
Feb. 22
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4330 posts
Double play or force out?
DOUBLE PLAY ... The runner who was on 3rd base at the time of the pitch is required to vacate the base to clear for the runner from 2nd base advancing ... The 3rd base is NOT a safe haven when the runner is "forced" to advance ... By tagging that lead runner, the force play at 3rd base is preserved ... Stepping on the bag after the tag completes the double play ... It was a very heads-up defensive play by the third baseman ...
Feb. 22
Webbie25
Men's 70
2414 posts
Double play or force out?
Absolutely a double play. A few years ago in Winter Worlds, we were playing Socal 55's, I think it was. They had 2nd and third, nobody out and 5 on third. We walked the next batter to load them up. the next guy hit a one hopper to the third baseman who tagged the runner that held on the base, then stepped on third and then threw to second. The second basemen did not realize we already had the triple play and threw to first to complete the quadruple play. The umpire laughingly said 'You're all out!!
Feb. 25
stick8

1992 posts
Double play or force out?
Definitely a double play. DD is correct, a base is not a safe haven when the runner is required to advance. Runner at third is forced out and the runner going to third from second is forced out.
Had a similar play last summer umpiring a class D men’s tournament. The runner thought the defense has to touch the next bag for him to be forced out. The ignorance of some people is amazing.
March 10
bkb555

301 posts
Double play or force out?
Just think if the 3Bman threw the ball to 2nd, he could have gotten a TRIPLE play after he did the first 2 things in the order you said he did them
March 16
Matty507

10 posts
Double play or force out?
Clear double play. No explanation neccessary
March 16
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4330 posts
Double play or force out?
...especially since there've already been three pretty good explanations so far!
March 17
B.J.

1108 posts
Double play or force out?
hmmm I'll go with 2 good answers Webbie and stick.. :)
March 17
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4330 posts
Double play or force out?
Damn ... Tough crowd in Florida! ... Ha!
March 19
tb08

6 posts
Double play or force out?
I was on 3rd base when Webbie25 hit into triple play w bases loaded. 1-2-5-4, Webbie added a 1 and 4 to the back of his jersey, so it read 1254. It happens to the best of em,
March 21
Webbie25
Men's 70
2414 posts
Double play or force out?
We all have our days. LOL I have actually hit into 2 triple plays.
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