Scenario: With a runner on third and one out, the batter hits a pop-up behind the second baseman. The fielder tracks back and makes an easy catch and the hitter slams his bat, thick end first, into the paint of the first-base line. Even though the catch represented the second out of the inning, the gloveman thinks that it was the last out and rolls the ball slowly towards the pitcherâ€™s mound. The alert base-runner at third uses the opportunity to come home.
As the official scorer, do you charge the second baseman with an error for allowing the runner to advance to home?
A – Yes.
B – No.
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Answer: A – Yes.
Rule 10.12(a)(1) Comment states:
The official scorer shall not score mental mistakes or misjudgments as errors unless a specific rule prescribes otherwise. A fielderâ€™s mental mistake that leads to a physical misplayâ€”such as throwing the ball into the stands or rolling the ball to the pitcherâ€™s mound, mistakenly believing there to be three outs, and thereby allowing a runner or runners to advanceâ€”shall not be considered a mental mistake for purposes of this rule and the official scorer shall charge a fielder committing such a mistake with an error.