steal a base

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steal a base

In baseball or softball, for a baserunner already on base to advance to the next base before or during a pitch (as opposed to when the ball is hit into play). The base is often specified (e.g. "steal second base"). After the wild pitch, the player on second managed to steal third base. He holds a record for stealing bases, typically managing to do it once or twice per game.
See also: base, steal

steal a base

Fig. to sneak from one base to another in baseball. The runner stole second base, but he nearly got put out on the way. Tom runs so slowly that he never tries to steal a base.
See also: base, steal
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In the second half of the season, the league will allow batters to steal first base: Any pitch on any count not caught in flight will be considered a live ball, and a batter may run to first base, similar to a dropped third strike.
You can't steal first base, but you can turn a single into a double and that's what he does."
The Red Sox need that from Ellsbury, especially if Crawford spends much more time trying to figure out how to steal first base.
So, we're going to "steal first base" by using a new bat that will significantly increase the player's batting average.
A runner cannot steal first base, but he can steal a call by hustling down the line with all the proper mechanics.
Both pitchers head into Game 1 aware of the opposition's ability to run, and also aware of one of baseball's most revered and cited commandments - Thou Shalt Not Steal First Base.