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If the pitcher bounces a pitch that hits the batter is it still a free base

Pitch Hit Ground, Hits Batter, Batter Awarded First Base

Pitch Hit Ground, Hits Batter, Batter Awarded First Base

Anonymous asked: The pitcher threw a pitch that hit the ground in front of the plate and bounced into the batter.

Does the batter get the free pass ?

Rick answered: Thank you for your question.

Rule 5.05 When the batter becomes a runner:

(3) If the pitch touches the ground and bounces through the strike zone, it is a "ball".

If such a pitch touches the batter, he shall be awarded first base.

Yours in baseball,


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