Yes, a runner can tag up and advance on a foul ball that is caught in the air by a defensive player. Just like tagging up on a regular fly ball, the runner must keep a foot on the bag until the ball lands in the defenders glove at which point the runner can advance and the ball is live.
There are very few opportunities to successfully tag up from first base and make it to second. Second base is centered in the middle of the diamond and almost all big league outfielders can throw the ball accurately to second from any of the outfield positions.
By rule, baserunners must tag up when a hit ball is caught before it bounces by a fielder, and in such situations, are out if any fielder with possession of the ball touches their starting base before they do. After a legal tag up, runners are free to attempt to advance, even if the ball was caught in foul territory.
NFHS rule 3-3-1a prohibits non-participating players from leaving the dugout while the ball is live, but in this case the ball was obviously dead. NCAA rule 5-2d prohibits an offensive team member, other than the base coaches, from touching the batter-runner before home plate has been touched.
A force out is a play when the defense records an out without actually having to “tag” a runner, catch a fly ball in the air, or strike out a batter. The most common force play occurs when a batter hits a ground ball to an infielder who throws the ball to the first baseman before the hitter reaches the base.
Tagging up at 2nd Base.
The base runner really needs to decide to tag up at 2nd base, as it’s more effective than having a coach yell to the base runner to advance. Again, the base runner needs to know the game’s situation and if there is a runner on 3rd base he needs to make sure he’s tagging to home plate.
Do baseball players have to tag up after every pitch? No, baseball players only have to tag up when the ball is caught on a flyball. If the ball touches the ground at any point, the runner can immediately run to the next base without tagging up.
A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly to the catcher’s hand or glove and is legally caught. A foul tip is considered equivalent to a ball in which the batter swings and misses, in that the baserunners are able to advance at their own risk (without needing to tag up).
A foul tip is always a strike, regardless of the existing ball-and-strike count. A player with two strikes against him is automatically struck out. A player with fewer than two strikes against him is not out.
The very first variable that you should consider is the number of outs. If there are two outs in the inning, you should never tag up. The whole point of tagging up is to avoid being doubled up (when the fielder throws the ball to the base you started on because you left before the ball was caught).
For a legitimate tag, the fielder must have the ball held securely in either the hand or the glove. Nowhere else. With the ball held securely in hand or glove, the fielder can, in a force situation, touch (tag) a base with any portion of his body, including his gloved hand, foot, non-glove hand, and so forth.
The ball is hit and the runner on second tries to advance to third base. This runner is NOT forced to advance, so in order for the defensive team to get him out, they must tag him BEFORE he reaches third base. In this case, touching third base before the runner touches third base does not constitute an out.
If the base coach base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists the runner in returning to, or leaving the base, the runner is out and the ball is dead.
Therefore, the runner that was already on 1st base is legally entitled to 1st base until the batter reaches the base safely. When this happens, the runner is now not legally entitled to 1st base and can then be tagged out if still standing on the base.
Base runners may attempt to advance at any time while the ball is alive, even before or while the pitcher is throwing a pitch. The catcher—or pitcher, in lieu of delivering the pitch—often tries to prevent this by throwing the ball to one of the infielders in order to tag the runner.
Runners are allowed to advance at their own jeopardy the same as any other fly ball. If caught, the runners must re-touch the base or risk being called out on appeal. If uncaught, the runners may run or choose to stay on their base, but if they run they have to be tagged out as they are no longer forced to run.
8-2-1 An advancing runner shall touch first, second, third and then home plate in order, including awarded bases. 8-2-2 A returning runner shall retouch the bases in reverse order. If the ball is dead because of an uncaught foul, it is not necessary for a returning runner to retouch intervening bases.
Tagging up occurs in softball when a runner or runners on base advance to the next base on a ball hit in the air, often to the outfield, with less than two outs. The runner must be in contact with the base they started at and wait until the ball is caught, before advancing to the next base.
If a batter-runner is incapacitated during a home run (or any other play where he is entitled to a particular base, such as a walk, a ground rule double, or a ball thrown into the dugout), then his team may use a substitute runner (who then takes his place in the batting order and on the field, unless further replaced) …
The pitcher will throw the ball to the fielder and the fielder will tag the base. If there is confusion the fielder will need to verbally tell the umpire they are making an appeal.
The only base that a runner can overrun without being tagged out is first base. This is done by design, as players trying to beat out ground balls would find it extremely difficult to stop in place on first base after running full speed.
Is the batter out? Answer: Yes, the batter is out. A fielder can put out a runner by tagging a base with an empty glove. Tagging the base with the glove on your hand is not much different from tagging the base with the shoe on your foot.
Outs are generally recorded via a strikeout, a groundout, a popout or a flyout, but MLB’s official rulebook chronicles other ways – including interfering with a fielder – by which an offensive player can be put out.