You Make The Call
By Tom Lepperd
MLB Director, Umpire Administration
Runner on first base is stealing on a 3-1 or 3-2 count. Batter check-swings on a pitch that is called a ball. What should the umpire at second base do?
(a) Call the runner out?
(b) Call "Time" and award the runner second base?
(c) Tell the third base umpire to rule no swing? (Joking of course!)