A baseball game has pinch runner rules aside from the rest of the rules. If you are not aware of those rules, like if a pinch runner get credit for a run, you should look them up.
Here’s a fun fact: The only time the entire baseball rule book is referenced during a game is if an umpire makes a judgment call on whether or not to allow a run by way of the above-mentioned pinch running rules.
Let’s talk about that in this article.
A Pinch Runner Get Credit for a Run
Runs scored are generally an important part of the game for teams leading the league in that category. They’re also good at getting safely on base and running the bases. If a player comes in as a pinch runner and scores, he is credited with a run.
As mentioned, if a pinch runner gets credit for a run when he crosses the plate, the entire rule book is referenced to determine whether or not that run would count.
There are three possible scenarios in which this can happen:
1) A pinch runner is on second and another player hits a home-run. Since the pinch runner has crossed home plate, he is credited with a run.
2) A pinch runner is on second and another player gets a single, steals second, and then scores. Since the trailing runner got to second before the lead runner scored, he would be credited with a run.
3) A pinch runner is on third and another player hits a home-run. Even though the pinch runner did not lead his teammate across home plate, he is still credited with a run.
On a Stolen Base
The pinch runner is the real substitute when a player who has already reached base enters for him or her. If the pinch runner is successful in making a steal, he’ll be credited with the stolen base.
A pinch runner enters when the batter singles. A pinch runner steals second and scores on the next batter’s home run. Because the batter “got” first base and the pinch runner was only there because of him, the original batter is the one who is credited with the score of the run.
Scoring Runs Doesn’t Always Mean You Win
A score can be made in many different ways besides crossing home plate safely.
- Sometimes two runners cross the plate before the batter does so, even though they were not the ones running from third to home.
- In a way, it’s being rewarded for being fast without actually getting credit for being on base under normal circumstances. In this situation, however, the player who led off is credited with a run no matter what.
- There can be other cases in which runners are credited with runs that have nothing to do with the other ones on base. For example, if a guy steals home, he would be credited with a run even though his teammates did not get to their respective bases safely.
So while you might assume that scoring runs is based purely on how many people cross the plate, it’s important to remember that there are exceptions to every rule.
What is a Pinch Runner and What You Need to Know?
Pitching In A Pinch was a pitching advice book written by New York Giants’ pitcher Christy Mathewson in the early 1900s. He referred to pitching “in a pinch” as a scenario where men were on base in a tight competition. Wilson Collins was the first pinch runner in 1913 with the Boston Braves.
In baseball, a pinch runner is a player substitute for the specific goal of taking another person’s place on base. The pinch runner may be a better or more athletic runner than the player who was replaced. A pinch runner is sometimes brought in the game to substitute for various reasons.
- The pinch runner can replace the player he replaced on defense in the half inning, move to another defensive position, or be replaced by a defensive substitute in the half.
- During an inning, a team may utilize any offensive player as a pinch-runner for any other. In a game, a player can only be substituted once. The player who the pinch-runner is running for is not removed from the lineup.
During tournament play beginning in 2017, a player who is not in the batting order may be utilized as a unique pinch-runner for any player (offensive) twice each game, but no more than once per inning. A player may only be withdrawn once via a special pinch-runner in a game.
Are Batters Credited Out of Pinch Runners Score?
The pinch runner is given credit for the run, while the original hitter receives credit for the hit. In the case of a stolen base, the player who stole second is given credit.
When it comes to runs batted in, however, this is different. The pinch runner isn’t credited with RBIs on sac fly or sacrifice bunts. So if he scores on an infield out or fielder’s choice after entering the game as a pinch-runner, the RBI doesn’t count either.
When a player pinch hits for another, he’s credited with a plate appearance even if he comes up later in the inning and draws a walk or makes an out. The player who was removed is given credit for being on base via a hit or walk.
If your team is playing a person short, make sure you ask your coach to put a pinch runner in when changing position or with a delayed substitution. This way, your player’s stats won’t be messed up by the substitute coming in and going back out without ever getting credit for playing that inning.
Is a Pinch Runner Used When a Team is Short on Players?
A team would use a pinch-runner when they are short on players. They would either do it because the one player who needed replacing is out of the game now, or to avoid giving up an out.
Some examples of this happening are with bench-warmers in high school baseball taking over for pitchers who need to be relieved, or players that aren’t currently in the game taking over for someone who is injured.
When Does the Pinch-Runner Enter the Game?
Pinch runners enter in several different scenarios depending on what’s happened to one or more players.
For example, if another player gets hurt after a pinch runner comes in, he can’t go back out to his spot when play resumes. The new player would need to take over the role of the injured player.
A pinch runner can be used at any base, and in some cases, may enter a game between bases when a player with the ability to go without being put out is unable to reach that base because of an accident.
The Several Roles of a Pinch-Runner in a Baseball Game
A pinch-runner is a baseball player who replaces another player on the field during the course of a game. The substitute runner, known as a pinch-runner, enters the game to replace another player who is either “injured” or has accumulated enough base-running credits to no longer be assigned this duty by his manager.
A player who replaces another on the field is also known as a “defensive replacement.”
There are several different scenarios in which a pinch-runner may be used:
- A substitute runner must keep the lead off base after touching it before advancing, and can advance at their own risk. Runners cannot steal bases; they must wait and see what the batter does before advancing. If the batter hits a ball in play, these players must run to the base they are going to occupy, not the one they occupied when put into play.
- If there are two outs in an inning, and a runner is on first base when the batter hits a two-strike foul ball that results in another strike being called, the runner does not have to stay at first base.
- The same is true if there are two outs in an inning, and a runner is on first base when the batter misses a third strike, getting what would otherwise be a walk. In this case, the pinch-runner actually makes an effort to avoid being called out by bolting from first base to secondary, so as to avoid being tagged with the out. The runner must be cautious not to become a “fourth out” by getting himself picked-off first base.
The job of an inning-ending pinch hitter is different from that of the pinch-runner; whereas batting in place of another team member can be done at the risk of having another player take over that spot, a pinch-hitter must properly replace an offensive player in all situations.
Benefits of Having a Pinch Runner in a Baseball Game
A pinch runner is a player substituted for the starting base runner. The pinch running is usually done late in the game, or during extended periods without scoring, typically to advance the base runner into better position to score more quickly on another hit or other play.
Here are some benefits:
- In a close game, a pinch runner can be used late in the game to maximize the chance of scoring a run.
- Pinch runners may also be used when a player’s ability to bat is more valuable than his speed on the base-paths. More good hitters will generally make for a better batting team, while fast base runners typically only score runs when the ball gets into the gaps in the outfield.
- A pinch runner can be used as a “disruption” – to break up a potential double play, or just keep a pitcher from catching his rhythm with one hitter.
- In certain circumstances, a manager may want to use a pinch runner who has more speed than the leading base runner. For example, if a slow player is on first base with no outs and a faster runner is on second base, the team may want to substitute the faster runner for the slower one to have a chance at advancing both runners.
- An occasional strategy in baseball involves intentionally allowing an opposing base-runner that allows more important offensive players to rest.
- If a team is winning by several runs, the manager sometimes will replace the current base-runner with a pinch runner and then insert that player at another defensive position.
This allows that player to bat in other innings and get his timing down before returning to the field without requiring a substitution for an offensive player.
Conclusion on Having a Pinch Runner
A manager may use a pinch runner, regardless of how late it is in the game. A special play called a “double steal” can then be attempted if the rules and circumstances allow for this to happen.
The key is to have a good runner rather than an average one. The pinch runner has the same goal as the base-runner or batter, which is to score more runs for his team.