Has there ever been a situation where the outfielder has intentionally dropped a foul ball to prevent a run from scoring from third?

I can foresee a situation when a team is tied or up by one run, late in the game, where an outfielder may intentionally drop a catchable ball in foul territory to prevent an opposing runner from tagging up and scoring from third base with less than two outs.

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Absolutely. I can remember at least a couple of games I’ve watched where the game was tied and a deep fly ball was hit into foul territory with a runner on 3rd – the outfielder just let it drop so that they didn’t have to try and make the throw to home plate to try and get the runner out that would have been tagging up.

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