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I JUST WATCHED A LITTLE LEAGE GAME WHERE THE THIRD BASE RUNNER WAS DECLARED SAFE, WITH THE BASES BEING LOADED, THE BALL WAS HIT FAIR, THE CATCHER HAD ONE FOOT ON THE HOME PLATE, THE BALL WAS FIELDED, THROWN TO THE CATCHER AND THE RUNNER WAS DECLARED SAFE, EVEN AFTER THE COACH QUESTIONED THE CALL AND THE UMPIRES CONFERED WITH EACH OTHER, STILL CALLING THE RUNNER SAFE BECAUSE HE WAS NOT TAGGED ????

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Barry,

I don't see a question given, but I'll assume it's supposed to be "Were the umpires correct?" If so, given your explanation of the situation, they were not correct.

This does assume that the umpires' decision was that there wasn't a force out at home. It could just as likely be that the umpires judged that the catcher's foot wasn't on the plate when he caught the ball.

Without being there and seeing the situation myself, I cannot make a full decision on the umpire's call. However, with the facts you gave, I see no reason the runner was called safe.

Andrew

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Andrew Senger

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Anything related to baseball rules.

Experience

I am a baseball umpire. I am certified for High School (NFHS), and work in Missouri (MSHSAA). I umpire baseball from high school through adults, focusing mainly on high school-aged games.

Organizations
NFHS - National Federation of High Schools MSHSAA - Missouri State High School Athletic Association GSLAU - Greater St. Louis Association of Umpires

Education/Credentials
I have attended numerous training lessons on umpiring. Many of these lessons including Rules Interpretations.

Past/Present Clients
Mid-American Umpire Clinic - 2010

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