What is a Squeeze Play in Baseball?

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The squeeze play is used when there is a runner on third base and less than two outs.   The concept is that the batter will bunt the ball when the runner on third is charging to the plate.

There are actually two versions of the squeeze play:

  1. The play is called the safety squeeze play if the runner waits for the batter to make contact before running, that way if the bunt is bad the runner on third can decide to not run to the plate.
  2. The play is called the suicide squeeze play if the runner on third starts running as soon as the pitcher releases the ball, in this play the batter must make contact but it doesn’t really matter where the ball goes, the runner will already be at the plate!


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