- May 29, 2015
MIB, yes I know when the basepath is established, the question I will have for the interpreter is this: If a runner goes BEYOND the base in a continuing play (think overslide at 2B) does the path end at 3 feet past the bag and going further is out of the path, or does it continue an indefinite length past. In the video in the OP the runner goes off to the side so not really applicable here. As for your other point, my instructors have always said any part of the body staying in the path qualifies, so a slide very wide is ok if the hand stay within the 3 feet.
If the fielder continues with a tag attempt i.e. follows the runner with the glove, then I feel the basepath does NOT reset, it is still a continuing play on the runner. Now, when the C looked away THAT ended the play and would reset the basepath.
It is ALWAYS the space to either side of a line between the runner and the base. Once the runner passes the base, the line extends back the other way to the base. "Forward/backward" does not apply.
As for what constitutes the end of one tag and/or the start of another, I can't provide a good argument one way or the other -- that's another judgment call. Chasing with the glove out, IMO, is not a tag. I can see how somebody might think differently though.
IMO, a tag is an imminent touch. I always use a rundown as the best example ... I may be three feet behind you with my glove outstretched, that doesn't make it a tag yet. Once distance is closed and we have a possible "intersection point" (runner and glove/ball) we have a tag. Your mileage may vary.