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A fielder drops a fly ball with a runner on first base but another fielder picks it up a forces the runner out at second base. Is there an error on the play?

by Frank
(Charlotte, NC)

8-4-6

8-4-6

Frank asked: A runner on first base.


A shallow fly ball to center field. The center fielder drops it but the 2nd baseman picks it up and throws it to the shortstop for a force out.

Is there an error on the play by the center fielder? Or would you score it an 8-4-6 fielder's choice?


Rick answered: Frank, thank you for your question.

No error on the play. It is an 8-4-6, fielder's choice on the batter.

If the official scorer rules that the ball that was dropped should be a base hit, due to it's location and difficulty, you could have a 8-4-6, with a base hit for the batter.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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Mar 11, 2016
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Dropped ball in outfield
by: Rick, the ole ballgame

Jim: In this situation, there was no advantage gained by the offense.

There are two assists from the outfield, and the put out at second base.

Scorer could give the batter a hit, if he felt the catch was hard to make, or he could rule a fielder's choice.

There is still a runner at first, and an out was recorded.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

Mar 09, 2016
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No error ?
by: Jim (Phoenix, AZ)

Don't understand how a dropped ball is NOT an error.

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