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*Update 2016: The Quicken Loans Steal-A-Home Sweepstakes is back for the 2016 season, enter now!

It’s a very rare and exciting baseball play. Stealing home relies on a gutsy runner and the element of surprise. When it happens, it brings the park to its feet.

This happened only eight times in 2014. Seeing a player steal home is already something special, but this year fans will have another reason to get excited.

In the Quicken Loans Steal-A-Home Sweepstakes, each time a player steals home during the regular 2015 MLB season, a lucky winner will receive the following prize package:

  • One month’s mortgage payment
  • Two tickets to an MLB game of the winner’s choice
  • Two MLB jerseys
  • $150 Fathead gift card
  • Two MLB.TV subscriptions

But wait, there’s more!

One grand prize winner will receive a year’s worth of mortgage payments and a three-day, two-night trip for two to Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, including airfare and hotel.

The Elements of a Home Plate Heist

Stealing home requires a lot of courage, some serious surprise and maybe just a little luck.

The most common way for a player to steal home is for runners to be on first and third. The runner from first breaks for second on the pitcher’s throw to the plate. The catcher comes up throwing to second. This is when a gutsy runner with a big jump takes off from third on his way home. If all goes well, the runner will be sliding into home underneath the catcher’s tag on the relay from second.

Sometimes a runner can catch the defense napping. When the catcher throws the ball back to the pitcher, they occasionally lob it nonchalantly. If the throw is high enough or slow enough, a runner can break from third and catch both the pitcher and the catcher off guard, getting in before the throw can return.

In any case, a steal of home is a cause for celebration. You can read the official rules and enter here.

Major League Baseball has lots of speedsters. Who do you think has a chance to steal home this year? Let us know in the comments.

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