In the comments to last Thursday's post, there was some disagreeance in the comments about Michael Young being responsible for botching the rundown that allowed Prince Fielder to make it back to first base. (Replays indicated that Young had actually tagged Fielder out, but the angle was impossible for the umpire to see, and, in any event, it never should have been that close in the first place.) Here is the play in question, as a reference point:
A few people adamantly opposed the notion that Young had botched the play at all:
In no rundown situation are you ever told to hold the ball longer in order for the runner to get closer to the next base. You always give up the ball and run him all the way back to where he came from until the last second in which you throw and simply apply a tag. Youngs throw was perectly timed. He held the ball way too long the other day. . In that instance it is taught from the age of 7 to never pump fake the ball either, so im not sure why you would say he needs to pump fake.
[For the record, I thoroughly disagree with the pump-fake comment here, because, just to pull an example out of thin air, we've seen Adrian Beltre successfully utilize the pump fake on at least a couple of different rundowns between third and home in the last year and a half.]
In any event, I wanted to turn this over to the BBTiA readership, so here's a poll: