It took only six days, but Major League Baseball has finally determined that Brewers shortstop Jean Segura and anyone else who might want to run backward on the basepaths doesn't have the right to "steal" first base.
During Milwaukee's Friday night victory against the Cubs, Segura was on second base and Ryan Braun was on first base when Segura got caught in a rundown between second and third.
Braun ran to second, assuming Segura was going to be tagged out in the pickle. But Segura retreated back to second base, where Braun was standing. With the two Brewers on the same bag, Cubs shortstop Luis Valbuena tagged both Segura and Braun.
Umpires determined Braun was out because Segura owned the rights to the base he previously occupied. Segura, thinking he was out, started walking toward the Milwaukee dugout on the first base side. However, Brewers first base coach Garth Iorg urged Segura to stop at first base on the way to the dugout and after much debate -- he was considered safe ...