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Also, what is the difference between an appeal that a runner left a base too early, and just a normal force out? At what point would the defense have to make an official appeal rather than just throwing the ball to a player to step on the base?
I'm not sure what the force out point is, because they're not really the same thing.
Well, what I mean was say a hit an run play with a runner on first. Fly ball to right, RF throw to 1B who tags the base. Runner is called out. But what if the RF threw to third trying to get the runner? SS cuts off the ball and throws to first. The play is still "active" so I suppose the runner is out without appeal. But what if the SS lets the ball go through. 3B tag the runner who is declared "safe". Can he then merely throw to first to get the out, or at that point must there be an official "appeal"?
7.08(d) A runner is out when he fails to retouch his base after a fair or foul ball is legally caught before he, or his base, is tagged by a fielder.
Thanks for the rule, though I think it's wrong. More important, I don't think it's applied that way across the board (nor is it practical to do so).
If there's a play at the plate and a runner who left early is tagged milliseconds after he touches home, the third-base umpire does not run in and call him out. I can't imagine it's any different at the other bases (though, to be honest, I don't think I've ever seen it happen). In those cases, an appeal must be made. And if an appeal must be made when he leaves a fraction of a second early, then an appeal should have to be made if he leaves 5 seconds early. I don't see a logical reason they should be treated differently.
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