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Baseball and its unforgettable rules

Enjoy a new installment of "Tripleplay" by Humberto Acosta

Are fielding and defense less important than hitting and pitching? The question has all the appearance of a truism on our part, not to say nonsense, in what is the beginning of the last column dedicated to scoring in baseball. Of course for now. How can we ignore such a valuable topic for fans. Only that it gives the impression by the treatment received, in particular by the media, which is nothing more than an assumption. Just as important as avoiding races is making them. Aren't games won by the team that makes the most goals?

Let's see friends, how many of you pay attention to the protocol that announces the start of the game in the stadium. In any case, know that the players of the home team or the house will occupy their defensive positions, with the first batter of the visiting team occupying his position in the batter's box, and the plate umpire will order the start of the match.

And what about a batter out of turn. He shall be declared out, on appeal by the defensive team, when he stops batting in the same at-bat and another batter completes his own batter's at-bat. The legal batter may take his turn in the batter's box at any time before the improper batter becomes a runner or put out and all balls and strikes shall be credited to bat in his place at the same time.

And the mistakes? No error shall be charged on any fielder who safely allows a foul fly ball to be dropped by a runner on third base with less than two out if, in the scorer's judgment, the fielder deliberately refused to catch it so that the third base runner will not score after the catch.

And what about the fielding averages. As simple as batting and pitching. To find the fielding average, divide the total putouts made and assists by the total putouts, assists and errors made.

And do you have any idea what an assist, an out and an error are? An assist is a throw that ends in one out after being caught by a fielder, who tags the runner or steps on the base before he takes possession of the bag. For example, when the shortstop catches a ground ball and throws the ball to first base and retires the batter-runner before he reaches first base. An out is assigned to the fielder who receives the throw and himself tags the batter-running player, or when an outfielder catches a hit and keeps the ball off the ground. Lastly, score an error to the fielder who drops a ball and the batter gets on base. 


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