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Discussion in 'Ask the Umpire' started by MPT23, Oct 27, 2018.
Was told as long as you dont make an attempt toward 2nd, that this is ok ? Need clarification, tia.
That is correct. The direction you turn in makes no difference. All that matters is whether the runner actually attempts to advance towards second base.
Should be noted that ANY movement, even something as slight as a dip of the shoulder could be considered an attempt. It is completely the umpire's judgment and is not debatable.
Which is why players should never turn left if they aren't making an attempt at 2b. Not a rule, but a good habit to get into.
Irish and Hiltz are correct. Don't leave it up to an ump to interpret what you are or aren't trying to do. I've seen several players get rung up because if a small movement towards 2B. If you don't turn left you will have nothing to worry about.
What I teach at clinics is that if you (umpire) get a gut feeling that you need to head toward 2B for a possible call, that is an indication the runner made an attempt
And don't leave the field of play when you are turning to the right either. Had that happen this year at a State Tournament. BR hit 1B and kept running while turning right, ended up outside the fenceline while there was a play on another runner.
Very subjective. Sometimes a player may take a quick step toward 2nd and could be seen and an advance attempt. Always turn to right unless you know where the ball is and if you are thinking of taking 2nd
Thanks for contributing to a question that was already answered almost 3 months ago.
^^^ Lol! Getting in touch with your inner Joker?
(I almost posted the exact same response.)