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Scenario: No one on base. 2 outs. Batter hits a homerun. However, while rounding the bases, completely misses stepping on second base. Now, I understand that being a home run, it's a dead ball, and the runner can run without liability. But say he misses second, touches third, hits home, and goes to the dugout. What happens in this case?

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I would guess your guy will be out on an appeal, but I'd love to see some footage of it happening. –  user1564 Oct 14 '13 at 15:17

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This is governed by Rule 7.10

[The runner is out on appeal when] With the ball in play, while advancing or returning to a base, he fails to touch each base in order before he, or a missed base, is tagged.

So if you miss a bag on your home run trot, you not only have to hit that bag, but you need to go back to each one and re round the bases. IIRC it is still a dead ball so there is no harm in doing so. However, generally if you miss a bag you're going to end up out because you won't know it until the appeal is made.

An appeal is made by either tagging the runner or the missed bag. The pitcher will throw the ball to the fielder and the fielder will tag the base. If there is confusion the fielder will need to verbally tell the umpire they are making an appeal. However, I've never seen a case where verbal communication is required. If the fielder knows to ask for the ball, the umpire has also seen the miss.

Also related to this is MLB rule 7.12

Unless two are out, the status of a following runner is not affected by a preceding runner’s failure to touch or retouch a base. If, upon appeal, the preceding runner is the third out, no runners following him shall score. If such third out is the result of a force play, neither preceding nor following runners shall score.

That's a little confusing, but the long and short of it is that unless there is a force play, all the runners ahead of the player who is called out score. The force plays in a bases loaded situation are as follows:

  • Runner on Third misses home
  • Runner on Second misses third
  • Runner on First misses second
  • Batter misses first.

These are the plays that negate the entire home run if the force is a third out. Any other play will only negate the following runners if it's the third out.

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As I stated though, no other runners on base. This assumes there are runners. –  MyCodeSucks Oct 14 '13 at 16:13
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@MyCodeSucks see 7.10, that's the relevant rule here. I expanded a good bit due to some discussion in chat re: grand slam. It's all related here though. I also just added a paragraph on what an appeal looks like as that's relevant. –  wax eagle Oct 14 '13 at 16:44

The short answer is that the run counts initially. On appeal, the runner will be called out and the run will no longer count, but the opposing team needs to initiate the appeal.

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I think the runner con first and Secón score because the batter runner who misa first was only the second out. Ni

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