Caught stealing

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The Cleveland Indians' Jhonny Peralta, right, is caught stealing at second base in the third inning by Detroit Tigers second baseman Jason Smith on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

In baseball, a player is charged with a caught stealing when, as a runner, the player attempts to advance from one base to another without the ball being struck by a batter, but is put out by a fielder while making the attempt. A caught stealing can not be charged to a batter-runner (i.e. player who is still advancing as the direct result of his reaching base).

Situations in a which a player can be caught stealing include the following

  • a runner, attempting a Stolen base, is put out
  • a runner is picked off a base, or gets caught in a rundown play
  • a runner, attempting a Stolen base, is safe, but a fielder is charged with an error on catching the ball, and in the judgment of the official scorer, the runner would have been out if the ball had been caught.Template:Baseball-stub
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