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Why does a 3 and 2 count "release the runner" at first base?

by Debbie

Why Does A 3-2 Count

Why Does A 3-2 Count "Release The Runner" On First Base

Debbie asked: Why does a 3 and 2 count "release the runner" on first base?



Rick answered: Debbie, thank you for your question.


With a runner on first, or first and second, or the bases loaded, a 3-2 count on the batter and two outs, runners are running on the pitch as it will either be ball four, strike 3 and 3 outs, or the batter will hit the ball somewhere, or the batter will be hit with the pitch.

The key factors in this situation are that there are two outs, and a 3-2 count on the batter.

Runners are taught to make sure the pitcher is going to the plate, so they don't get picked off.

It is not a delayed steal, runners just need to make sure the pitcher is committed to throw to the plate, before they run.

Yours in baseball,


Rick

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