Sprots Gloss: Squeeze Play

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Squeeze Play

In baseball, the squeeze play is when there is a runner on third base and the batter at home plate bunts to get the runner home safely. The bunt is most often a sacrifice bunt because the player is intentionally trying to draw the throw to first base, trading an out for a run scoring.

There are two types of squeeze plays.

Safety Squeeze

In this situation, the runner on third stays at third base until the bunter has made contact with the ball and is sure it will roll in a favorable direction. Safety=I’m not taking any chances that you suck at bunting. Safety also = getting a later start off of third base, which could ruin the design of the play as the opposition may have more time to adjust and throw you out at home or double you up and get the runner at home and the runner at first base out.

A successful safety squeeze is a very useful tool for a pitcher.

 

 

Suicide Squeeze

One of the most interesting plays in baseball because, if it works, it’s incredibly exciting to watch. If it fails, it’s incredibly embarrassing to watch. In this situation, the runner on third leaves the base as soon as the pitcher begins their pitch, like he might if he were stealing a base or starting a hit and run. Thus, when the batter makes contact to bunt the ball, the runner from third is already half way home and assuredly safe. The drama lies in the fact that the bunter HAS to make a good bunt or the runner on third is caught in no man’s land and is thrown out immediately.

Boom. Success.

 

Surprisingly, the squeeze play has a higher success rate of scoring a runner from third than going about scoring that runner in a traditional manner. However, you are giving up an out and taking a huge risk that your runner in scoring position could be the out that is recorded. Decisions, decisions.

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