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sergevp

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Looking for a rule that describes what constitutes tagging the base for the purposes of making a force play.  Scenario - batter hits ball to first. First base knocks down the ball diving.  Sprawling he grabs the ball in his bare hand and tags first with his glove hand. Ruling was initially an out, but the ump reversed the call when he realized the ball was not in the glove. 

I cant find anything in the rule book but did find the following at
http://official-rules.org/running/outs_when_running.htm

Force-out. This only works on a runner or batter-runner who is forced to run to a base. Again, he has to be at risk and not touching a rightful base. If he is forced to run to a certain base, a defensive player in possession of the baseball can simply make contact with that base with any part of his body, usually his foot. This is easier and faster than the other way of getting someone out, i.e. tagging him with the baseball—which also works in this situation.

Any help out there?

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patrick_mccarthy_hfx

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Definition of a tag 

"A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with "his body" while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove....."

Key is touching the base with "his body" while having possession of the ball.  They are confusing the rule of tagging a runner directly.  You have to tag a runner out with the ball directly, but if you are tagging the base it can be any part of the body.   It is no different than tagging first base with your foot.

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sergevp

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Thanks, my umpire will be pleased that I have again been proven right...

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