Saturday, June 4, 2011

How many ways can you get to first base?

No, I’m not referring to getting to know the young ladies. This is a serious question!

There are eight ways to accomplish this feat. Do you know what they are? Scroll down when you think you've got it.








1. base on balls
2. safe hit
3. error
4. fielder’s choice
5. catcher’s interference
6. third strike not caught
7. substitution (pinch running)
8. batted ball makes contact with umpire or runner before contact with a fielder

Now a bonus question: Two teams are tied. The home team is batting in the bottom of the tenth with 2 out and a runner on third. With a 3-2 count the batter fouls back the next pitch, a fastball. The ball hits the catcher’s outstretched glove, ricochets high in the air. The pitcher sprints in and catches the foul popup. The runner has already crossed the plate and runs into the dugout.

What's your call?*

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I'm out of town at the moment, and this is a contribution from Will and myself to make sure you've got some Saturday reading.

*And the Bonus Question answer is: the game is over; the home team won and everybody goes home. Reason? When a batted ball goes directly to the catcher's glove it is ruled a foul tip and a runner can advance (steal) on a foul tip.

5 comments:

Jared said...

What about a balk?

Rick Blechta said...

You can't be balked to first base. Runners who are already on a base are the only ones affected by a balk.

Unknown said...

"With a 3-2 count the batter fouls back the next pitch, a fastball. The ball hits the catcher’s outstretched glove, ricochets high in the air. The pitcher sprints in and catches the foul popup. The runner has already crossed the plate and runs into the dugout."

1- this does not define a foul tip. a foul tip must be caught by the catcher straight back into his glove.
2- the pitcher catches the ball(pop-up/fly) the rule for the runner to tag up applies, run does not count.(he has already entered the dugout so he can't return)

On to the 11th inning.

Anonymous said...

The substitution shouldn't count. the wording should be "How many ways can a batter get to first?"

There are 8, and what was missed above is HBP, hit by pitch.

Anonymous said...

What about being hit by the pitch