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Author:  Ralphie [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:28 am ]
Post subject:  Defensive Indifference

I don't care for this defensive indifference rule.

When a runner steals a base, he doesn't know if the defense will try to get him out or not. He just attempts to steal the base, and, if successful, should be credited for having done so.

Author:  BBF [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Defensive Indifference

Ralphie wrote:
I don't care for this defensive indifference rule.

When a runner steals a base, he doesn't know if the defense will try to get him out or not. He just attempts to steal the base, and, if successful, should be credited for having done so.


Agreed in some cases. However, if a runner knows that if his team is down by several runs with a couple outs in the 9th, you often see them take a base, and you would have a hard time convincing me that they don't know full well that the defense doesn't care.

Author:  No. 9 [ Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Defensive Indifference

If I leave an old table and chairs on the street corner for anyone to take and someone takes it, it is not stealing.

Even if the person who takes the table and chairs thinks that they are stealing, they are not.

If the defense doesn't care if a runner advances, that runner is not stealing anything - no matter what he thinks. He's merely advancing a base without any effort to stop him.

Author:  sisyphus [ Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Defensive Indifference

No. 9 wrote:
If I leave an old table and chairs on the street corner for anyone to take and someone takes it, it is not stealing.

Try that theory out on the South Side here in Pittsburgh and you'll get shot. :lol:

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