Academy Courses

From Batter to Runner

In very simple terms, “batters” become “batter-runners” when they have occasion to run to first base and “runners” when they successfully reach first base. Hitting a fair ball or receiving a base on balls are perhaps the two most common ways that a batter can become a batter-runner.  We address in great detail all the ways a batter can reach base in our [The Runner] course. But some additional means of becoming a base runner include:

  • Being hit by a pitch
  • Hitting into a fielder’s choice
  • The defensive team commits an error that allows the batter to reach base
  • Interference by the catcher or a defensive player
  • Advancing to an unoccupied first base on a dropped third strike by the catcher

Technically speaking, a player is referred to as a “batter-runner” in the period after putting a fair ball into play until the play is ended – either when he becomes a runner by reaching base or is put out. The player remains a runner until one of three things happens: he successfully scores a run, is put out, or the inning ends due to a third out by a teammate.