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Baseball rules 101 #17 (with Quiz's answer)

Baseball rules 101 #16's quiz and answer can be found here.  Now on to #17:

If the last one didn't stump you, this one surely might.

Runner on third base with nobody out.  Batter has a 1-2 count.  On the pitch, the runner breaks for home and the batter squares to bunt for the suicide squeeze.  The pitch glances off the batter's bat, hits the top of the catcher's mitt, then ricochets off the top of the catcher's mask and is caught in the air by the pitcher just as the runner crosses home plate.

Now what happens?

With 87 votes in, only 11 people chose the correct answer: Batter is out on a strike out; run scores.

WHAT?!?!?!? THAT?S IMPOSSIBLE!!!! ALAMEDA GREG?S AN IDIOT!!!!!

Well true, but the first answer is still correct. As Nick86 correctly pointed out, this is a Foul Tip. However, as Nick86 incorrectly pointed out, the fact that this was a bunt is totally irrelevant. A Foul Tip by definition is treated just like any swinging strike. Here?s the definition of a Foul Tip:

A FOUL TIP is a batted ball that goes sharp and direct from the bat to the catcher's hands and is legally caught. It is not a foul tip unless caught and any foul tip that is caught is a strike, and the ball is in play. It is not a catch if it is a rebound, unless the ball has first touched the catcher's glove or hand.

In the scenario I described, the ball first touched the catcher?s mitt and never touched the ground. Therefore the ball is in play. Had the pitcher simply let the ball fall to the ground, the runner would have been required to return to third base, and the batter would have been out for bunting foul with his third strike.

The biggest reason I brought this up is because I get really irritated when I hear announcers (especially KEN KORACH) constantly call foul balls ?foul tips.? For example, every time there is a foul ball that bounces in the dirt at home plate and stays near the catcher, Ken says something like, ?and that one is a foul tip at home plate and the count moves to 1 and 2.? I HATE THAT!!!

A Foul Tip is a very specific term that means the ball was legally caught and that the ball is alive and in play.

Thanks for voting!!

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