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If a batter swings at a pitch and the pitch hits his hands and lands in fair territory what is the call? Fair or foul?

by Jody
(Dothan, Alabama, USA)

Jody asked:


If a batter swings at a pitch and the pitch hits his hands and lands in fair territory what is the call? Fair or foul?

Rick answered: Great question Jody. When the ball hits any part of the body, the call is a dead ball. If, as in this case, the batter swings at the pitch, it is a dead ball and a strike, the at bat continues.

If he hadn't swung, it would be a dead ball, batter goes to first base.

There are many myths in baseball, one that is quite prevalent is that the batter's hands are a part of the bat. They aren't.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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Mar 09, 2020
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Unless.... NEW
by: Anonymous

"If, as in this case, the batter swings at the pitch, it is a dead ball and a strike, the at bat continues," . . . Unless it was the third strike, then the batter's out.

"If he hadn't swung, it would be a dead ball, batter goes to first base,". . . Unless the pitch was in the strike zone when it hit the batter, and the umpire called it a strike, or if the batter permitted the pitched ball to touch him (essentially made no attempt to avoid being hit by the pitch), then the umpire can require the batter to remain at bat.



Mar 22, 2013
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HIT BY PITCH (KIND OF)
by: THE KID

WHAT SAYS THE RULE IF THE PITCH HITS BAT AND HANDS AND WINDS UP FAIR?

May 22, 2012
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Always a dead ball?
by: Anonymous

It is always a dead ball? If the batter swings/offers and the ball hits his hand and goes into fair territory its a fair ball?


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