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fair ball or foul

by Richard
(south carolina)

Fair Ball

Fair Ball

Richard asked: In the Cleveland/ Toronto game today Perez of the Indians hit a ball down third base line.

The ball hit in fair territory and went into foul territory.

Before the ball hit the ground in foul territory the third baseman fielded the ball in foul territory.

Why wasn't this a fair ball?

Rick answered: Richard, thank you for your question.

A foul ball is a batted ball that settles on foul territory between home and first base, or between home and third base, or that bounds past first or third base, on or over foul territory, or that first falls on foul territory beyond first or third base, or that while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or player, or any object foreign to the natural ground.

The play you have described comes down to, while the baseball had not landed on foul ground, it became a foul ball when touched by the third baseman, as he was in foul territory.

Yours in baseball,


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Jul 07, 2019
Intentional stand in foul ground NEW
by: Anonymous

What if a ball is hit down third base line and hits in fair ground before third base and bounces over third base in fair territory but the third baseman intentionally stands with both feet in foul territory behind third base near the outfield and reaches out into fair territory to grab the fair ball. Since he is standing in foul territory does that make it a foul ball?

Jan 11, 2017
Foul ball
by: Brampton

This sounds like a case where the ball touches in fair territory in front of the 3B bag but then veers left into foul territory before it touches or crosses over any part of the bag. In that case, it's a foul ball.

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