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Hit, error, or fielder's choice?

by Greg
(Santa Maria, CA)

Safe At First, Base Hit

Safe At First, Base Hit

Greg asked: Scenario for a high school varsity baseball game:


Runners at first and second, one out, and a routine groundball is fielded by third baseman.

Third baseman hesitates and looks towards second base, takes a really long time and then finally throws to first base but the runner is safe.

Without the hesitation, the batter would easily have been out. By the way, the third baseman could have also gone back to force the runner coming from second base.

Is this a hit, and error, or a fielder's choice?


Rick answered: Greg, thank you for your question.

Based on the way you describe it, I would give the batter a hit.

There really is no category or scoring situation for a defensive mental error, which is pretty much what happened to the third baseman.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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Jul 25, 2016
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Oops; extraneous URLs in my previous comment
by: Anonymous

Oops, sorry. I put 2 extraneous URLs in my previous comment by mistake -- I had set them aside to email a friend as they're good questions!

Jul 25, 2016
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FC, i think
by: Anonymous


http://www.theoleballgame.com/line-drive-hits-pitchers-plate-and-comes-straight-back-behind-home-plate-without.html

http://www.theoleballgame.com/can-a-batter-be-called-out-who-was-awarded-base-on-balls.html

Hi,

Given the description of "batter would easily have been out", this is the "mental error" of making a bad choice. Given the fact it is a mental error and should have resulted in an out, it's a fielder's choice.

A previous question about a bad decision resulting in all runners safe was answered with a FC ruling and I think this is just a variation on that.
http://www.theoleballgame.com/fielders-choice-or-error.html

Great site!

Apr 19, 2015
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Thanks Rick
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the quick response, that's how I ruled it, but after thinking about it, I was leaning towards a fielders choice. The hit stands! I really appreciate your efforts...

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