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If the defense runs a hidden ball trick on a base runner and gets him out, how would it be officially scored? How about a scenario:

The defense meets on the mound where the second baseman is given the ball by the pitcher. A runner on second is tagged out while wondering off the base by the second baseman. Is this scored 4U? Is it a caught stealing, a pick off, etc?

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Not quite the same, but this is a cool play. Link –  diggers3 Aug 14 at 21:54
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holy crap that video was frustrating. 2:47 for those who are impatient like me. –  ACD Aug 15 at 15:40

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The putout would be an unassisted putout by the player who tagged the runner.

The fact that someone handed it to him earlier makes no difference.

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I guess the question is why the pitcher is not credited with an assist. If P throws to 2B (e.g. for a pickoff) and 2B applies the tag, P gets an assist, correct? The same happens even if there is a rundown and several seconds elapse before the tag, so it doesn't seem to be about timing. Is the issue that P handed the ball to 2B rather than making a throw? –  Nate Eldredge Sep 20 at 14:39

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