Re: Crawford never got tagged
posted at 8/19/2011 8:22 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Crawford never got tagged
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Crawford never got tagged : You can't assume he was safe simply because he never touched the base/plate. I believe once a player starts to leave the field, give himself up sought to speak, he is out, EG. dropped third strike and the batter makes no attempt to go to first and returns to dugout. This is just another example of lack of fundementals on the part of a Red Sox player. Players should never leave, or start to leave the field of play until a clear out call has been made. They teach this in Little league it's not that hard !!
Posted by ALaGatorAL[/QUOTE]
Al, a wild pitch on a 3rd strike is a totally different scenario, the batter has struck out and is allowed 1st base if he decides to run out the wild pitch.
Obviously you did not watch the play itself because your 'lack of fundamentals" comment makes you look foolish, since on the play in question here, Crawford tries to separate the catcher from the ball with a head first block-type slide, and was immediately called out by the umpire.
First off, Crawford would have no idea that he was not tagged because of the premature call by the umpire. Secondly, if the umpire had withheld his call if he felt the catcher did not tag the runner than Crawford would have realized that and went to tag the bag, as the catcher would have tried to tag the runner.
A no call by the umpire is a clear indication to all players involved that the play is still live...however, if the runner happens to return to the dugout, assuming he touched the bag, and the play is not appealed by the defense, the runner would be deemed SAFE and the run would count...the onus is on the defense to make the play, either with a tag or on appeal.