Error or mental mistake.
Marty asked: Is it considered an error if third baseman decides not to field a fair ground ball hoping it will roll foul before passing third base? In the process runners advance.
Rick answered: Marty, thank you for your question.
On the play you have described, the batter would get a base hit.
There was no physical contact by the fielder, with the baseball, he just decided to see if it would go foul.
There are no physical errors given, for a mental error.
Mental errors have no affect on the players fielding statistics.
Yours in baseball,
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