June 1, 2023

I feel virtually all People have heard the baseball phrase “tie goes to the runner” in some unspecified time in the future of their lives. It signifies that if a runner and the ball arrive on the base at the very same time, then it’s dominated that the runner wins, and is secure.

I’ve heard it cited as gospel at each stage within the sport, from youngsters taking part in sandlot baseball, to ex-MLB gamers saying video games as broadcasters.

However there is no such rule. Within the Official Baseball Guidelines, the rule for a play at first base , 5.09(a)(1), 5.09(a)(10), says that “a batter is out when” … “after he hits a good ball, he or first base is tagged earlier than he touches first base.”

A batter is out if the ball beats him. So he is secure if it does not.

Rule 5.06(a) says, “A runner acquires the proper to an unoccupied base when he touches it earlier than he’s out.”

A batter is secure if he beats the ball. So he is out if he does not.

These are contradictory, and the interpretation of the rulebook is that there’s metaphysically no such factor as a tie in baseball. Ties in sport play are by no means talked about within the Official Baseball Guidelines.

Former Main League umpire Tim McLellan answered this query in an “Ask the Umpire” function on MLB.com (cited on this UmpireBible put up).

I’m an umpire for Little League. The coach informed me that ties go to the runner. I stated the batter has to beat the throw to first as a result of there are not any such factor as ties. Who is true?
– L.M.F.

McClelland: That’s precisely proper. There are not any ties and there’s no rule that claims the tie goes to the runner. However the rule e book does say that the runner should beat the ball to first base, and so if he does not beat the ball, then he’s out. So you must make the choice. That is why umpires are paid the cash they’re, to make the choice on if he did or if he did not. The one factor you are able to do is go by whether or not or not he beat the ball. If he did, then he’s secure.

A play could look like a tie, even in tremendous slo-mo replay, however there will need to have been some microscopic, even quantum, victory within the race to the bottom, and it is the umpire’s duty to make that decision.

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