check the run*ner
What Is The Definition Of Check The Runner In Baseball?
1. This is a term used to describe when a fielder or a pitcher looks at a baserunner before delivering a throw to help prevent them from taking too large of a lead and potentially from advancing a base.
By “checking the runner” and looking them back to their base, it causes the baserunner to hesitate and to not get a good jump after the throw. A pitcher will check the runner by looking towards the baserunner before coming to the set position, usually when the baserunner is on first base. A fielder will check a runner by pausing and looking at them before delivering their throw to a base for the force out.
Example Of How Check The Runner Is Used In Commentary
1. Chapman fields the ball cleanly to his glove side, checks the runner at second and delivers a strike to first base.
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