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There are two situations when a baseman can tag the base for an out.

The first is the force out. A force out happens when a baseman tags the base of the only possible location for the runner. For example, if a batter hits a ground ball to the first baseman, the first baseman only needs to tag first base because it is the runner's only possible destination. Also, if there was a runner on first base and a ground ball was hit, there would be a force out at both second and first base because they runner on first base would be forced to progress one base. With a man on first and second base, you can force at first, second and third, and with the bases loaded, there is a force at every base. If there is a runner on second and/or third, but not first, the runners are not required to progress one base, so there is only a force at first.

The second is on the fly ball. If a fly ball is caught, a base runner must touch the base again ("tag up") before moving on to the next base. If they do not tag up after the ball is caught, the baseman at the base from which they left can tag that base for the out. For example, if there is a runner on first base and the batter hits a fly ball, and that ball is caught, the runner must touch the base after the ball is caught before he can leave for the next base. If he doesn't touch the base after the ball is caught, the baseman only need tag the base while holding the ball for the out.

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In MLB does the baseman need to touch the base to get the runner out?

If it is a force (i.e. there are people on all the bases behind the runner) play, then yes, the baseman needs to touch the base to get the runner out. If the runner is not required to move to that base, then the baseman must tag the runner to get him out. The baseman does not NEED to touch the base to record the out. The defense may tag the runner OR the bag.

Why does a second baseman have to tag a base stealer?

Any time a runner is not forced to advance to the next base, the defensiver player must tag the runner. If a runner is attempting to steal 2nd, either the 2nd baseman or the shortstop must tag the runner.

Can first baseman tag the base with an empty glove?

Yes, but the ball must be in his other hand in order for it to be an out.

After hitting the Ball is the runner out if he stops to avoid the tag by the first baseman before he gets to first base?

he is not out as long as he stays in the base line

Do you need to tag the person in a force out?

You don't. A force means no tag is needed, only the baseman needs to catch the ball and have one foot on the base. The runner is forced; he or she has no safe base to return to and is therefore automatically out.

What does a second baseman do in baseball?

The job of the second baseman in baseball is to guard second base so the batter does not tag it. They are usually responsible for catching pop flies and line drives that get hit near him.

What is softball sliding?

When running to a base when there is no force, it is easy for the baseman to tag someone when they are coming in running. When you slide, it forces the baseman to catch the ball and then tag the runner, who is laying on the ground. To slide: tuck your right (or left) ankle under the opposite knee. Ease yourself onto the ground, sliding with your out-stretched leg's foot, touching the base.

What is a baseman?

A baseman is a baseball player positioned at or near a base.

Man at first ground ball first baseman tags first runner does not advance to second stays on first is this a double play?

If the runner remains standing on the bag when the 1st baseman touches the bag and the 1st baseman does not tag the runner prior to touching the bag, then the runner is safe and you have no double play. Answer To clarify, once the Batter becomes a batter-runner, the runner at first loses his right to occupy first base and is forced to advance. If he is tagged while standing on the base, he is out. If the first baseman then steps on first base the Batter-runner is also out -- Double Play. BUT, if the first baseman first steps on the base the batter-runner is out and the force is removed. If the runner standing on first base is now tagged he is safe.

Can you slide into first base in little league baseball?

Don't know if it's illegal in Little League to slide into first base, but it certainly isn't necessary. The reason for sliding into a base is to try to keep the baseman from tagging the runner. Runners going to 2nd, 3rd, or homeplate must be tagged out unless it is a forced run, in which case the baseman just tags the base. Running to first base does not require a runner to slide since the runner doesn't have to be tagged at first. All the baseman has to do is tag the base.

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What is the correct position for a 3rd baseman to be in to field a throw from a left fielder and attempt to make a tag on a runne He would be catching the ball in his left hand?

the 3rd baseman would only catch the ball in his/her left hand if they are right handed. The proper posision would be for the baseman to put his/her right foot on the edge of the base facing 2nd.

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