As for Aaron Boone, yes, that would be the same "10% Boone" who scored just one-out-of-10 on ESPN's 2013 10-question baseball rules quiz. In what should come as a surprise to no one, the media cohort produced the lowest aggregate knowledgeability score of the three in-the-business groups tested (Managers/Coaches: 66%, Players: 55%, Media: 44%, Fans: 37%, [UEFL: 100%]).
|Photo 1: Baez at the time of the tag attempt.|
Hence, replays conclusively show that, at minimum, B1 Baez fully crossed over from his position fully inside the runner's lane to a position fully outside of the runner's lane during his attempt to avoid being tagged by F3 Belt.
|Photo 2: Baez at his farthest avoidance spot.|
One point of contention may be that while Baez's feet were decisively inside or outside of the three-foot line, his body remained over the lane. Rule 5.09(a)(11) Comment tells us why this claim is irrelevant in determining a runner's position: "The lines marking the three-foot lane are a part of that lane and a batter-runner is required to have both feet within the three-foot lane or on the lines marking the lane," while Wendelstedt prefers a center-of-gravity approach. If position is judged by the location of the runner's feet, and not by the body, because the feet were at one point fully inside and at another point fully outside of the lane, and not touching its lines, Baez did indeed run more than three feet away from his base path in an attempt to avoid being tagged.
Final ironic thought: Had Baez stayed within his runner's lane from the get-go, and then attempted to avoid the tag by similarly running to his position as indicated by Photo #2, he likely would have been ruled safe for the missed tag, and not out for having run more than three feet away from his base path.