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Deflected Balls Go Into Dead Ball Territory

Deflected Balls That Go into Dead Ball Territory: Part I This is the first of a three-part series involving rules that relate to pitched, thrown and batted balls that are deflected into dead ball territory or remain in play.  In this edition, I’ll cover deflections that go into dead ball territory on throws from the […]

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Q&A: What happens if a batter hits the cover off the ball?

Q. In a 2014 game, the Brewers’ Martin Maldonado hit the cover off a baseball in a game against the Pirates. With a runner on first in the sixth inning, Maldonado hit a ground ball to Pirates’ third baseman, Pedro Alvarez. Somewhere between Maldonado’s bat and Alvarez’s glove the cover peeled off the baseball. What’s […]