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In the Twins game just now... bases loaded, bounced third strike, Mauer just steps on the plate for the PO. Doesn't have to tag the runner or throw to first. I didn't know that...

Nor did I. Makes sense though, I guess we just never thought about it.

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In the Twins game just now... bases loaded, bounced third strike, Mauer just steps on the plate for the PO. Doesn't have to tag the runner or throw to first. I didn't know that...

Normally the dropped-third-strike rule isn't in effect with first base occupied, except with two outs. I assume in that situation it would be just like a bunt; they could get whatever other runner would be forced by the ball being in play. Sounds like a nice heads-up play by Mauer to understand that and not risk the throw.

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In the Twins game just now... bases loaded, bounced third strike, Mauer just steps on the plate for the PO. Doesn't have to tag the runner or throw to first. I didn't know that...

Only happens with 2 out. If 1B is occupied with less than 2 out, then a dropped 3rd strike doesn't matter, the batter's out anyway.

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Normally the dropped-third-strike rule isn't in effect with first base occupied, except with two outs. I assume in that situation it would be just like a bunt; they could get whatever other runner would be forced by the ball being in play.

Right. When a dropped 3rd strike does matter, it instantly turns the batter into a runner. Once he's a runner, then force plays can happen just like if he hit it.

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