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Was the questioner just BEGGING to get a "Craig Biggio" answer?
By my rough count 650 of the A’s 1303 innings pitched so far have been by rookie pitchers, almost exactly half. Is that a very unusual ratio for a successful team?
Count me as somebody who has never liked the appeal play. If a runner misses a base or leaves early trying to tag up, they don't get the safety of the next base if they're tagged.
Example: Batter hits an apparent double, but misses first. Second baseman makes a perfunctory tag while the batter is standing on 2nd base. Second base umpire calls him safe. First base umpire runs in saying he missed first and calls him out.
The appeal play seems a little odd, but I don't know that there's a better way to handle all the situations where appeals are employed.
Here's what I don't get. Let's take the case of the guy leaving 3rd too early. Runner on 3rd, 1 out, batter hits a fly to left, runner advances, LF throws home, runner called safe at home. At that point, why not just throw to 3rd and avoid the whole mummers show of giving the pitcher the ball, the next batter steps up, pitcher steps off and throws to third? Is the latter required by the rules? What if the LF threw to third instead of home? Surely the runner would be called out then.
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. He shall not be called out for failure to retouch his base
after the first following pitch, or any play or attempted play. This is an appeal play;
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