Friday, May 26, 2023

Teachable - Taking Tag Plays While Umpiring 3rd Base

For this Teachable Moment about taking plays at third base, tmac analyzes two similar plays that were positionally different: one called by 3B Umpire Roberto Ortiz and the other by Alan Porter. At the heart of the umpires' positions is where the fielder taking the throw (usually the third baseman) is standing as they prepare to tag the incoming runner. Umpire positioning changes based on whether the fielder is positioned on the infield side of third base, as occurred during the Ortiz play, or is on the outfield side, as was the case in Porter's play.

Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Umpire positioning and adjustment at third base depends on the fielder making the tag


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