Video – Batter Category Archive
When a batter is hit by a pitch while attempting to bunt, the umpire should first call “time.” If the umpire judges the batter offered at the pitch, he will call a strike on the batter and all runners return to their base. If he judges the batter did not offer at the pitch, it is a HBP (hit by pitch).
It is important to know the difference between a foul tip and foul ball. A foul tip is a pith that touches the bat and goes directly into a catcher’s hand or glove. The ball remains alive ad runners can attempt to advance at their own risk. A foul ball is a pitch that touches the bat and is not caught by the catcher. The ball is dead and all runners must return to their base.
The rule for “desertion” or “abandonment” varies along different levels of baseball. At the pro level a batter gives up his right to run to 1B on a dropped third strike when he leaves the dirt cut out area around home plate.
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When a batter is in a bunting position with his bat extended over the plate and the pitcher delivers a wild pitch nowhere near the strike zone but the batter never pulls the bat back, is it a strike on the batter? No, it is a strike on the batter only if he makes an attempt to make contact with the pitch. Sometimes the home plate umpire will need to ask a base umpire for help to determine if the batter actually attempted to make contact with the pitch.
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Can a batter be called out for touching a foul ball? The answer is yes. If a batter intentionally touches a foul ball that has a chance to be fair in an effort to keep the ball foul, he is ruled out and all runners return to their previous base.