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Something You Probably Don’t Know: The Difference Between a Foul Tip and Foul Ball

Most baseball fans incorrectly use the terms foul ball and foul tip interchangeably. For those who make this mistake, it might simply be a case of careless use of words… or it could be something more serious: a fuzzy understanding of basic baseball rules. So what is the main difference between a foul tip and […]

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Foul Tip or Foul Ball

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.

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Q&A: Foul ball or strike three?

Q. With two strikes on the batter, Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A Carolina League) catcher Chad Johnson recently had a foul tip go off his mask and into his mitt. The ball never hit the ground. Was this a legal catch for “strike three?” A. No. That would be a foul ball. For the catcher […]