Friday, July 8, 2022

Teachable - Focus in on Nate Tomlinson in Traffic

When Dodgers baserunner Chris Taylor tried to advance from first to third base on Hanser Alberto's groundout, Pirates first baseman Michael Chavis threw quickly to third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes, with 3B Umpire Nate Tomlinson standing just beyond third to call Taylor out as Pittsburgh catcher Tyler Heineman ran into Tomlinson.

This Teachable follows Tomlinson, who attains an advantageous angle on the second-third baseline extended that enables him to see the daylight, or keyhole angle, between fielder Hayes' glove and runner Taylor's left arm.

Complicating this play is the nature of Alberto's ground ball, a slow chopper to F5 Hayes, who had to charge in to field it before throwing to first base and then returning to third base to tag R1 Taylor, all while F2 Heineman sprinted up the third baseline to potentially take the throw himself, in the event Hayes would have been unable to get back in time.

This hustle caused a collision between catcher and umpire, but U3 Tomlinson's continued focus on the play enabled him to brush off the contact and make the correct out call, confirmed via Replay Review.

Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Traffic at third base as Tomlinson calls Taylor out on a slide too wide (CCS)


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