Atlantic League player becomes first professional to steal first base days after new rule is introduced
It was a first at first
There are usually some odd things that happen during minor league and independent league baseball games. Whether it's ato bring fans to the ballpark, , you can pretty much always count on something out of the ordinary happening at a game.
On Saturday, this proved to be true once again. During the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' game against the Lancaster Barnstormers in the independent Atlantic League, outfielder Tony Thomas became the first player in professional baseball history to steal first base. Thomas was able to do so thanks to a.
Per the ALPA/MLB press release, the rule states that batters may "steal" first base on any pitch not caught in flight, and that the batter can be thrown out if he attempts to run. Thomas made it to first base without a throw after an 0-1 pitch went to the backstop.
In case you need a refresher on how this is possible, over the winter, MLB can use the ALPB to experiment with new rules and standards.As part of the three-year agreement,
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