Waldorf, MD- The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have entered the second half of the Atlantic League(ALPB) season as the hottest team; winning five consecutive games for the first time this season. That’s not the only surprise beginning the second half.
Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League have a deal where rules are being experimented with in the ALPB. One of the new experimental rules that came into play in the Saturday, July 13, 2019 game against the Lancaster Barnstormers is the ” Batters may “steal” first base on any pitch not caught in flight (the batter can be thrown out if he attempts to run)“
Tony Thomas plays infield and was signed by the Blue Crabs before the start of the season. The play that made history was started as a normal 0-1 pitch. The pitcher threw the 0-1 pitch and the catcher lost control of it with the ball going to the backstop. The new rule gave Thomas the option of staying or attempting to go to first. The quick thinking allowed Thomas to reach first successfully and become the first player in APLB history to steal first base.
The next problem arose…” how do you credit it?” In the official box score, Thomas is credited with reaching first on a fielder’s choice. But hey, it’s a new rule and they need to work out the kinks. Whether he is credited or not, the video shows what happened, and he is now forever in the APLB History books.