One of the most dramatic parts to any baseball game is when runners are flying around trying to safely advance to the next base.  Sometimes even better yet is when a runner is lumbering, huffing and puffing on the base path trying to get to that next base without getting thrown out.

 Chicago White Sox Richie Allen Base Running

One of my favorite greats to watch run the bases wasn’t the fastest, but was one of the smartest.  Dick Allen had a marvelous Major League Baseball career.  From 1972 through the 1974 season he played for the Chicago White Sox and schooled all fans and teams he played against on how to run the bases.

Baseball Classics baseball game Intermediate play level empowers you to make those base running decisions.  Each player card has a Running rating based on their actual MLB season performance.

Keeping with the consistent easy to play full color theme, the ratings are color-coded symbols.  There are four rating levels as follows:

 Excellent rating      Very good rating      Fair rating      Poor rating

The Baseball Classics base running rating for each player card is located on the upper left hand side, just below the name of the player and team.

Baseball Classics Baseball Game Play Chart

The Baseball Classics Baseball Game Play Chart has the same look and feel format of our colorful next generation player cards and uses the same lookup when looking up the results of your play actions.  There are 5 columns including the Roll and one for each red, yellow, blue, and red symbol rating.

Baseball Classics Baseball Game Play Chart

 To the right of the Bunting, Base Stealing, and Base Running charts there is a Legend for each.  Note the colors and symbols used to indicate whether a bunt, steal attempt, or advancing the base runner has been successful or not.

Base Running

The Base Running chart in the Baseball Classics Baseball Game Play Chart is your reference point whenever the team at bat attempts to send a base runner an extra base.

Whenever there is a runner on base and the batter reaches base through a hit or error, the team on offense can make the decision to send any base runner(s) 1 extra base.

When the team on offense elects to try to send a base an extra base, they roll all 3 six-sided dice after the hit or error and lookup the result in the Base Running chart by looking under the Roll column and looking across to the player Running rating.

There are many strategies to consider whether to attempt to advancing base runners for the team on offense and team playing defense in the field.  This includes not only whether to send any base runner(s), but also to make an attempt to throw them out or not.  The following play examples will demonstrate how to attempt advancing base runners in several game situations.

Baseball Classics All-Time Greats Baby Doll Jacobson player cardLet’s use one of the All-Time Greats player cards for these examples; St. Louis-Baltimore Browns-Orioles Baby Doll Jacobson.  This great throw back played 11 MLB seasons.  When he wasn’t roaming Centerfield, he was a danger at the plate with his career .311 batting average and on the base paths, he has a yellow Steal rating.

Play Example 1 – Going from 1st to 3rd Base successfully

1 out, Baby Doll Jacobson on 1st Base, the next batter steps up and hits a Single.  That moves Baby Doll Jacobson to 2nd Base, but the team on offense wants to send him to 3rd base on the same play.

With a roll of all 3 six-sided dice, we have the following:

Standard six-sided dice total 11 (3, 5, 3)

Looking under the Roll column to 11 then looking under the Yellow rating column, a roll of 11 is a green filled square.  The Legend indicates “Runner safe”.  Baby Doll Advances safely and is now on 3rd Base.

Though what about the batter who hit the Single?  Can he attempt to advance to 2nd Base since the team on defense tried to throw out Baby Doll Jacobson?  The answer is yes!  Thus both teams have decisions to make when a base runner is attempting to advance.  Here’s how this exciting play works as demonstrated in our next play example.

 

Play Example 2 – Whether or not to throw out a base runner trying to advance

New scenario with 1 out, Baby Doll Jacobson on 1st Base, the next batter steps up and rips a Single.  That automatically advances Baby Doll Jacobson from 1st to 2nd Base and the batter reaches 1st.

The team on offense is sending Baby Doll Jacobson to 3rd Base.  Next the team on defense has a decision to make regarding if they should try to throw him out.  Why wouldn’t they?

In Baseball Classics baseball game, when a base runner attempts to advance to the next base on a play and the team on defense tries to throw them out, the team on offense can then send any base runner(s) on the prior bases as Green Run ratings no matter what their actual Run rating is.

In this example, if the team on defense decides to throw out Baby Doll Jacobson who is trying to advance from 2nd to 3rd Base, the team on offense has the option to then send the runner on 1st Base (batter who hit the Single) to 2nd Base using a Green Run rating.

If the team on defense decides not to throw out Baby Doll Jacobson at 3rd Base, he reaches it without a play (no dice roll necessary and reference of the Base Running Chart) and the runner on 1st Base cannot attempt to advance to 2nd Base.  Thus this would keep the double play in order with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out.

In this example, the team on defense elects to let Baby Doll Jacobson advance from 2nd to 3rd Base without a throw, thus keeping the double play in order with runners now on 1st and 3rd Base.

 

Play Example 3 – Sending 2 runners on the same play, one safe, the other thrown out

2 outs, Baby Doll Jacobson on 2nd Base, another runner on 1st Base.  The next batter steps up and lines a Single.  That moves Baby Doll Jacobson to 3rd Base, but the team on offense wants to send him Home on the same play.

With a roll of all 3 six-sided dice, we have the following:

Standard six-sided dice total 4 (1, 2, 1)

Looking under the Roll column to 4 then looking under the Yellow rating column, a roll of 4 is a green filled square with a black dot.  The Legend indicates “If 2 outs runner safe, else thrown out”.  Baby Doll scores and since the team on defense tried to throw him out, the team on offense wants to attempt to send the runner on 2nd Base to 3rd Base (even though you should never make the 3rd out of an inning at 3rd Base!) using the Green Run rating.

With a roll of all 3 six-sided dice, we have the following:

Standard six-sided dice total 7 (3, 2, 2)

Looking under the Roll column to 7 then looking under the Green rating column, a roll of 7 is a red filled square.  The Legend indicates “Runner thrown out”.  Baby Doll Jacobson’s run counts because he scored before the 3rd out was recorded.

 

Play Example 4 – Scoring from 1st Base on a Single

In Baseball Classics baseball game, it is possible for a runner to score from 1st Base on a Single.  In order for a runner to attempt this remarkable baseball rarity, his player card must have both Green () Steal and Run ratings.

Here’s how it works, when the batter comes up for his turn at bat, with a base runner on 1st Base that has Green Steal and Run ratings.  The team on offense calls for a Hit & Run play.

Hit & Run is a high risk/high reward play called by the offense that sends any base runner(s) in motion with the pitch or in the case of Baseball Classics, with the dice roll to see what the at bat Results outcome will be.

With a Hit & Run play on, roll the dice and let’s say the result is a Single for the batter.  The runner on first automatically moves from 1st to 3rd Base without a throw.  If the team on offense wants to send him home, they can do so by rolling the 3 six-sided dice again and refer to the Base Running Chart, Red column for the outcome (even though the runner has a Green rating) of this exciting play.

 

In this Baseball Classics How To Play article we covered about base running options and strategies both the team on offense and the team on defense will be faced with.  There were several base running play examples including the opportunity to keep a double play in order and what it takes to score from 1st Base on a Single.  Do you have any questions about using base running?  If so, please put them in the Comment section below, also share which base runner you always enjoyed watching because they made great decisions when running the bases.

In the next article of this series regarding How To Play Baseball Classics baseball game, I we will see how to use fielding in Baseball Classics Baseball Game, Intermediate play level.