Stepping on Home plate
(Thousand Oaks, CA)
Both Feet Completely Inside The Batter's Box, No contact With Plate When Hitting The Baseball.
Mort asked: We all know that if a batter steps on home base as he is attempting to hit the ball, the batter is out.
But a right handed batter is up, he stands in the furthest part of the batter's box. (upper Corner)
He hits the ball and as he is running towards first base he steps on home plate . Is he out?
Rick answered: Mort, thank you for your question.
Rule 7-3 Batting Infractions- A Batter Shall Not...Art 2...Hit the ball fair or foul while either foot is touching the ground completely outside the lines of the batter's box, or touching home plate.
Once the ball has been legally contacted, it makes no difference if the batter-runner steps on home plate as he is running.
Yours in baseball,