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Can a person steal first base?

Anonymous asked: Can first base be stolen by the batter?

Rick answered: Thank you for your question.

While a offensive player is able to steal second base, third base and home plate, they are not able to steal first base.

Batters are able to reach first base in the following ways:

  • Hit by pitch.

  • Base on balls.

  • Intentional base on balls.

  • Catcher's interference

  • Dropped third strike

  • Missed third strike

  • Basehit

  • Fielder's choice

  • Error by defense

There is an old saying in baseball that,"You Can't Steal First Base".

Generally speaking, it is in reference to a player's need to be able to hit the ball, work counts to draw walks, or consistently put the ball in play, so as to provide themselves with opportunities to reach first base.

Being fast is a valuable thing; "But You Can't Steal First Base".

Yours in baseball,


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Jul 03, 2018
Segura stole first NEW
by: Anonymous

What about Segura "stealing first" in 2013? He stole second, then got caught in a rundown going to third, ran back to second where a runner on first had advanced, then Segura went back to first. He was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second base a second time.

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