Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hey Blue! - Umpiring Myths and Truths

MYTH - The hands are part of the bat.

TRUTH - The hands are not part of the bat; they are part of the batter. If a pitched ball hits the batter's hands while trying to avoid being hit, you have a batter hit-by-pitch. The ball is dead and the batter is awarded first base. If the batter is swinging at the pitch when hit, you do not have hit-by pitch. You have a strike. The ball is dead, but there is no base award; and, if it's strike three, the batter is out.

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.

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