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Stepping on Home plate

by Mort
(Thousand Oaks, CA)

Both Feet Completely Inside The Batter's Box, No contact With Plate When Hitting The Baseball.

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,


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Jul 11, 2018
dead ball?
by: Anonymous

Great answers ... much appreciated. So my question - batter bunts while one foot outside box and is called out. Runner comes in from 3rd and touches home plate without being tagged. Should the run count or does the batter being called out constitute a dead ball situation?

Oct 27, 2017
Very good
by: Anonymous on C.

Completely answered my question.

Jun 21, 2017
Stepping on plate
by: Rick

Still have a ? about stepping on the plate while hitting. A batter lunges at an outside pitch in an attempt to hit the ball. He contacts the ball then falls forward landing on the plate. So he contacted the ball then landed on the plate. Is he out?

Jun 30, 2015
MLB Rule For This Question
by: Rick,

Mort, my reference for your question was from the National Federation of High Schools rule book.

The corresponding MLB rule is the one you located, 6.06.: A batter is out for illegal action when -

a) he hits a ball with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the batter's box.

Yours in baseball,


Mar 29, 2015
Rule 7-3
by: Mort

Hi Rick you refer to rule 7-3 as an answer to my question. The closest that I find in the MLB rule book is 6.06a. I cannot find a 7-3 in the rules.

Please advise



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