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# Does a runner have to touch the bases on his way back after a fly out?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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13y ago

The runner has to go back to the base he started on before the play. If he is able to run to the next base after that, he can, but he must have his foot on the bag AFTER the catch is made. If he has run past any other bases, he has to run back around, no short-cutting.

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13y ago

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14y ago

No. Although the rule does state that he must return to the base, the accepted interpretation is that he must return to the vicinity of the base. Touching it is not enforced.

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