MYTH - When over-running first base, the batter-runner must veer to the right into foul territory.
TRUTH - The batter-runner may cross first base and veer in any direction, provided the runner makes no attempt (not even a feint) to advance to second. After overrunning or over-sliding first base, the runner is required to return to the base immediately.
MYTH - The batter may not switch batter's from one batter's box to the other after two strikes.
TRUTH - The batter may switch from one batter's box to the other at any time, except when the pitcher is set and is ready to deliver the pitch.
Other Home Runs That Weren't Really Home Runs-Or Were They?
* The phrase "walk-off home run" didn't apply before the 1920 season. If a player hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning or in the bottom of an extra inning before 1920, the home run was actually only credited as a single, double or triple, depending on how many bases it took to advance the winning run. For instance, if the score was tied in the bottom of ninth with a runner on third, if the batter hit a home run, he would only be credited with a single.
A Switch-Hitting Feat 133 Years in the Making
* On Opening Day in 2009, the Arizona Diamondbacks faced the Colorado Rockies. In the bottom of the fourth inning, D-Backs second baseman Felipe Lopez, who had already homered in the game off Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook in the first inning, launched his second home run, however, this time he hit it right-handed against lefty reliever Glendon Rusch. It marked the first time in Major League Baseball history that any player had hit home runs from both sides of the plate on Opening Day. Ironically, the feat was repeated in the very same game just one inning later. Diamondbacks first baseman Tony Clark, who had also homered off Cook, launched a solo blast off Rusch with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
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