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Why does the pitcher have to throw the ball after a line drive

Anonymous asked: There was a player on first and the batter hit a line drive to the pitcher.


The pitcher then threw to 2nd and from 2nd the ball was thrown to 1st, for a double play.

Why isn't the batter out when the pitcher catches the line drive?


Rick answered: Thank you for your question.

In your description, if the batter truly hit a line drive to the pitcher, the pitcher caught it, then the batter was out right then.

When a ball comes back at you hard and you are only 60 feet away from the bat, pitchers sometimes react to where they had told themselves to go to with the ball, if it were hit to them.

When he threw to second, the SS was probably the one there, relayed the ball to first base, to put the runner from first base out, before he was able to tag up.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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