Archive for May, 2009


In Monday’s Mets-Dodgers game in Los Angeles, Ryan Church made a baserunning gaffe that Mets manager Jerry Manuel could not comprehend. Church’s 11th inning run was erased when he missed 3rd base and the Dodgers correctly appealed the play. After the game, Manuel remarked,

“It’s hard to miss third base. I don’t know if I ever remember seeing anyone miss third base in a situation like that. I don’t have any explanation for it.”

I concur with Manuel that I cannot recall a major leaguer missing third base. But, it certainly happens from time to time at lower levels of baseballs. Church claimed he did not realize he missed the bag. But, what if he knew he missed the base? What’s the best advice for a baserunner in that situation?

If you are not sure if you touched a base, return to the base and then advance as the situation allows. There are too many people (fielders, bench players, over-involved parents etc.) watching the play to get away with it. 


There are exceptions: The major exception is if the act of returning to the base would likely result in being tagged out.

Here’s another exception that will make you think:

Bottom of the 9th inning. Your team is batting and down 1 run with 1 out. Runners at 1st & 2nd. Line drive to leftfield. The runner at 2nd holds up to make sure the ball is not caught. The runner at 1st is running hard the whole way. The ball is over the outfielder’s head and both runners are being waved home by the third base coach. The runner who represents the tying run misses third, but the runner behind him is right on his heels. You are the tying run. What do you do?

You need to continue running to guarantee the game will be tied. Don’t you agree? Not to mention, turning back would likely result in the 2nd runner passing the 1st (an automatic out).

Are there other situations when a runner should not return to the base he missed?


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Joe Murphy writes about how to properly care for your glove.

Joe is the CEO of Glove, Inc., a company in the greater Boston area that repairs and restores gloves.


In taking proper care of your glove, the first thing you have to remember is that your glove is made of dead skin. The hide is off the animal. There is no more blood or oxygen getting into the fibers of the skin, keeping it moisturized and alive. Your glove is a dead thing!

So, you are involved in a race against time, so to speak. You want to get the most wear and take the best care of your glove, before it inevitably breaks down to the point where it’s unusable. Most of us neglect our gloves and by doing so we accelerate the deterioration process. Unfortunately, most ballplayers don’t think a lot about how to care for a glove.  We’re too busy thinking about more important things like, “What’s this guy throwing? How’s his change-up? Is my belt in my bag?”

Here are some tips on how to best take care of that prized possession:

– Always rest your glove on its thumb and little finger, preserving the shape of the pocket. Makes sense, eh?

proper way to store glove

– After playing ball, wipe your glove off with a clean, moist cloth. Get all of the obvious surface dirt off of it. I also recommend getting a small brush and going over the laces, removing any trapped dirt.

– Keep your glove out of the sun. Don’t store it in a plastic bag. Keep it away from any heat source. All of these things will dry the natural oils out of the leather.

– Don’t let it sit in your bag in between games. Find a shelf to rest it on.

– If your glove gets really dirty, I recommend washing it with Saddle soap, wiping off the excess with a cotton cloth and letting it dry naturally. Don’t leave it in the sun to dry. Don’t put it in a microwave or in an oven to dry – you might as well get a gun and shoot it.

– Re-moisturize your glove with a product.  I highly recommend Doctor Jackson’s Hide Rejuvenator. I know, it’s got a wacky name, but it is the very best stuff I have ever used on baseball gloves. It is a bee’s wax, along with other light oils, that seeps into the pores of the leather, keeping the glove moisturized without weighing it down.

Have fun, play ball and hit ’em where they ain’t.

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Joe has been repairing and reconditioning baseball gloves since 1983. He has played amateur and semi-pro baseball for 21 years, and has coached on the college level. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on and restored thousands of gloves. His work has been endorsed by hundreds of ballplayers, from Little League to the Pros. He reconditioned the glove Dennis Eckersley used in the 1989 World Series. He worked on gloves of former Red Sox Trainer, Charlie Moss, right in the Red Sox Club House.

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