A man makes historical past by “stealing” first base, and he is not even awarded a stolen base.
Such was the destiny of Tony Thomas, who performs for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the impartial Atlantic League. His heads-up baserunning Saturday evening vs. the Lancaster Barnstormers gave him about 4 seconds of fame; he made it to first with out a throw after an 0-1 pitch sailed to the backstop.
Thomas might run as a result of the Atlantic League added “stealing first” to its record of experimental guidelines final week. A batter can try and advance on any pitch that hits the bottom. Thomas turned the primary participant to tug off the feat.
After Thomas made his sprint, the query “How do you score that?” arose. The play is most much like a Strike three that will get away from the catcher, so ought to it simply be a batter-runner advancing on a wild pitch/handed ball?
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The Atlantic League’s official play-by-play listed it as a fielder’s selection, with no wild pitch charged to the pitcher. When you concentrate on it, although, the one selection was Thomas deciding to run, except you additionally rely the catcher holding onto the ball and never risking a throwing error.
Anyway, that is now a factor within the Atlantic League, which can also be experimenting with strike zone expertise (aka “robot umps”), new guidelines for pickoff makes an attempt, a free foul ball on a bunt try with two strikes and some different tweaks in its function as a laboratory for MLB. It delay transferring the pitcher’s mound again two toes till subsequent yr.