# Running The Bases In Baseball

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## Running The Bases In Baseball

Alan Jaeger (Pitching Coach / Founder) gives expert video advice on: What is a 'base runner' in baseball?; What do I do after I hit a fair ball?; After I hit a fair ball how should I judge how many bases I can take? and more...

### What is a 'base runner' in baseball?

A base runner is really the hitter once he puts the ball in the play. Once the ball is in the fair territory, he becomes the base runner. Once you leave home play, and leave the batter's box you are officially the base runner.

### What do I do after I hit a fair ball?

Once you hit the ball into fair territory, the first thing you do is drop your bat and immediately run as fast as you can to first base safely. If you're safe at first base and you feel like you can get to second base safely, then you run to second base and so on.

### After I hit a fair ball how should I judge how many bases I can take?

Once you hit the ball, you're going to judge how far you go based on where the ball's hit. If you run to first base and you feel like you can get to second base safely, then you may have to take a calculated chance. It's about getting to know the game and knowing when can you go to second base and when can you go to third base. It's going to be based on your judgment.

### What is the 'base path' on a baseball field?

The base path on the baseball field was designed so that the runner has to stay in a certain boundary. So there's a base path that's actually done with chalk between home and first, and between third and home. The base path is really more of an imaginary line between first and second, and second and third, and it's really at the umpire's discretion whether you stay in the base path. The idea is, I'm guesstimating, that it's approximately 3 feet wide or 4 feet wide.

### What does it mean when a team has 'runners on the corners' in baseball lingo?

In baseball lingo, when you say you have "runners on the corners", it simply means that there is a runner on first base and there's a runner on third base.

### If I hit a single and run past first base am I out in a baseball game?

If you hit a single and you run past first base, you're only out if you start to make an attempt as if you're running towards second base. If you don't get back to first base in time and they tag you, you're technically out. If you run past first base and just continue along the foul line without any attempt as if you're going to second base, then you're totally safe.

### Does the defender have to 'tag' me with the ball in order for me to be out at first base in a baseball game?

In order for you to be out at first base in a baseball game the ball just has to beat you to first base. Once the first baseman catches the ball, if he's on the bag, and you haven't made it to the bag yet, you're automatically out. If he catches the ball and he's off the bag, then you can actually get to the first base first, before he tags the bag, and be safe. However, if he tags you before you get to the bag, even if he hasn't touched the bag yet, then you're still out.

### What factors should I consider as a base runner when the ball is hit during a baseball game?

The factors you should consider as a base runner are a few things. Number oneconsideration would be; is the ball hit on the ground or is it hit in the air. Number two; is there a force-out, meaning if you're on first base, there's automatically a force-out on second base if the ball's on the ground. If you're on second base and there's a runner on first base, there's a force-out at second base and third base. So the idea is if there's a force-out and the ball's on the ground you have to run to get to the next base. If it's not a force-out, then you don't necessarily have to run. Secondly, if the ball's in the air, you have to make sure the ball lands before you try to move on to the next base because if it's caught then you have to retreat back to your base because if the ball beats you back to the base then you're going to be out there as well.

### What is a 'hit-and-run' play in baseball?

A hit-and-run play in baseball is a very strategic play when you have a runner on base - or two runners, actually. And the idea is that you're putting the runners in motion. Again, it's an element of surprise. You're trying to get the defence off guard, and maybe make them move around to cover the bases because the runners are moving, and it usually creates more holes in the field. So in hit-and-run, the job of the hitter is to simply put the ball in play, not take an over-aggressive swing, and hopefully find one of the holes created by the runners putting the defence in motion.

### What is my role as a base runner during a 'hit-and-run' play in baseball?

Your role as a base runner in the hit-and-run play is to make sure the pitcher goes home first. You're not taking a big lead to where you might get picked off, you're not worried about getting a quick advantage by running earlier as you would when you're stealing a base. Your job is to simply make sure the pitcher breaks his hand to go toward home plate, then you can just run knowing you're being protected by the hitter.

### Where should my foot touch the base as I am rounding the bases in baseball?

When you're rounding the bases in baseball, your foot should always touch the inside part of the base. That allows you to cut out a little bit more time and a little bit more angle so you can get to the next base more efficiently.

### Can I collide with a defender in hopes of knocking the ball away on an unforced out in baseball?

You're allowed to collide with a defender in the hope of knocking the ball out and being safe if the defender is guarding the base that you're going to, or if the defender has the ball in his hand and you both meet at one point. However, you cannot make contact with a defender if he's not guarding the base and he does not have the ball in his possession yet.

### What is a 'rundown' in baseball?

A rundown in baseball, which is also known as a pickle, is anytime you have a base runner who's between one of the two bases, and then you have a defender on either side of him, and they're trying to chase you and get you out. And usually what happens is they throw the ball to one defender, and then the base runner runs the other way, and at some point, they try to get it closer and closer to where one of the defenders can tag you out.

### What is a 'pinch runner' in baseball?

A pinch runner in baseball is simply a player that comes from off the bench, who's not in the game, who comes out and runs on the bases for a player that's in the game. Usually it happens because the pinch runner is the fastest runner in the dugout that's not currently in the game and is usually running for a player that's not a very fast runner.