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Video: Josh Harrison escaped in a crazy rundown last night

Jun 28, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

Josh Harrison‘s double in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Pirates the 3-2 win over the Mets. A more exciting play? A rundown he found himself in between second and third in the bottom of the 10th. Now, personally, I’m not sure how he’s not out of the baseline on a couple of those flops. Watch: at one point he’s literally laying on the grass:

But he was called safe. And it ended up not mattering given that he didn’t score that inning. But man, I’m not sure how he’s in the baseline there.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    The grass would only be a foot or so away from a straight line drawn between second and third. I have seen plenty of players get away with greater deviations from the base path. Man, the Mets really have to get the tag on him there. Or at the very least run him back toward second so they can get the out. TRRBL defense.

    • nbjays - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      He was further from that straight line on the outfield side flop than he was on the grass.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        watch some players rounding the bases trying to leg out triples… BIG, WIDE arc around the bases…

  2. DavieO - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    The umps knew they got it wrong, which is why they let Collins argue for so long, but it isn’t a play that can be reviewed.

    • uuddlrlrbastart - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      That’s what the Mets announcers said last night, too, but I have a hard time buying it, if only because if they knew they got it wrong, they could have conferred and reversed the call.

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM


  3. nbjays - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Josh Harrison: The Anti-TOOTBLAN

  4. chiadam - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Isn’t the baseline established by where the fielder tries to apply the tag? The runner has three feet from that spot, correct?

    • glennsyank13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Which doesn’t really make sense since the tag will always be moving based upon where the runner is. They may want to revise the wording of that rule.

    • paperlions - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      The runner establishes his own baseline, from his spot in a straight line to the base. Within that context, he’s got 3 feet to either side, and he definitely violated that space each time he dodged a tag.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Sure…but dude was in the baseline when trying to apply the last tag Paper.
        If Harrison runs towards him…he is out. Either way…I am becoming a Josh Harrison fan more and more each day it seems.

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Yeah, he’s really annoying to play against….plays all out, been good in all phases of the game. He’s one of those guys I dread to see come up against StL.

  5. stoutfiles - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    You can go three feet left or right from your established basepath. Established is key because had he been rounding second when the rundown started, then no, he could not have gone in the grass.

  6. chiadam - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    It is..

    Any runner is out when —
    (a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely;

  7. mtr75 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    He was out of the baseline twice by 10 feet. This didn’t cost the Mets in the end, but the fact that the umps didn’t toss Terry shows they knew they screwed this up. Thank god we have replay to fix all our woes, right?

  8. raysfan1 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Yes, he was out of the baseline and should have been called out.
    It was still a lot of fun to watch last night.
    It appeared to me that the last guy with the ball (Tejada) had time to toss the ball to the player covering 3rd (Young) to still get him out. Instead, he looked like he was trying to engage the ump to say he was out of the baseline before the play was over. Tejada was right, but he should have thrown the ball to Young at 3rd…then made his case if the throw happened to not be in time.

  9. goirishgo - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Love that he didn’t give up on the play

  10. musketmaniac - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    very exciting play live. But they got the call right. every time he zigged that created a new base line. every time he zagged that created a new baseline. the umpires got this one right.

  11. absentfathers - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Reblogged this on original creations and commented:

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM


      • absentfathers - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        fire it up then!!

  12. musketmaniac - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    He never took A STRAIGHT LINE away from the tag. when he dove,it was toward a bag, not completely away from the tag. the official rule could be a little clearer.

  13. musketmaniac - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    the pirates are trying to get this guy regular playing time. I say trade him while his stock is high. The only other option would be to move Pedro to first base. Pedro’s error totals, is almost all throwing.

    • ninevegetable - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      No Way. I say trade Alverez 10 times out of 10 before letting Jay Hay go. This kid hustles!

  14. musketmaniac - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Harrison will cool off. Pedro will heat up.

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