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# When can a baseman tag the base for an out?

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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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## Related Questions

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

If the first baseman has time they should tag the runner. If the runner is already too far they should throw it. If the first baseman is close to first, they should step on first and then throw the ball to the shortstop at second. Note: Tagging first base first takes away the force out at second and the runner must then be tagged. They are also allowed to return to first base.

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.

Scorekeepers identify players by the number of the position they play. The catcher is 2; the 1st baseman is 3; the 2nd baseman is 4; the 3rd baseman is 5.

1st baseman (to the left and up and little), 2nd baseman (between 1st base and 2nd base), or right outfielder (to the left and back).

No. A runner is out anytime while running to a base if he makes contact with the ball or the glove that the ball is in. On a pop-fly, a player with the ball only needs to touch the base the runner left from if the runner did not tag-up to the bag after the ball was caught.

when someone hits the ball and it is caught, the runner(s) on base can "tag" the base they are on once it is caught and then run to the next base. If they tag 3rd base and run home to score it is the tag run.

Catcher Pitcher First Baseman Second Baseman (Plays between first base and second base, not on second base) Short Stop Third Base Right Field Center FIeld Left Field

A second baseman is an infielder who is usually stationed between first and second base. He is usually in charge of second base, but the short stop can also make plays there.

The second baseman stands in between first and second base. They are responsible for covering the are up to second base. They are also responsible for covering all the area to their left that the first baseman cannot get to.

For defense the first baseman has to catch flyballs and field grounders sent in their direction. The first baseman also has to catch throws from other fielders to touch first base or the runner for the out. When the batter is bunting, the first baseman is expected to cover the space between the pitcher's mound and first base. The first baseman covers the first base bag in case the runner on first wants to steal. The first baseman usually bats for their team, but they do the same batting things as every other player

You can slide into 1st base. Generally, it is not recommended. There are two scenarios where you may want to slide into first. 1) You have hit the ball and are running toward first. The first baseman is positioning to receive the throw. You can see that the throw is offline and the defender may try to tag you instead of touching the base, or the throw has put the defender in your basepath. You slide to avoid a tag or the defender. 2) You have a base hit and have rounded the bag. A throw is coming toward 1st base and you need to return. You may want to slide back to the bag to avoid the tag while off the base.