Baseball Rule Myths Every Umpire Should Know – Part 2

Recently we wrote about some of the more common baseball rule myths that are sure to stump many folks, and not just those heading into umpire school. So without further adieu, here are even more commonly mis-stated rules that may trip you up.

11. A batter should be out if a bunted ball touches the ground and bounces back up and hits the bat.
This depends on whether the batter was in the batters box. If he is, then it’s a foul ball. If he is not, then he is out.

12. A batter cannot run past first base when after he is walked.
The rule says that a runner must return, right away, after proceeding past first base. It doesn’t indicate any exceptions to a player who was walked versus one that reached by a base hit.

13. A batter cannot change batter’s boxes after two strikes and bat from the other side of the plate.

A batter can switch at any time unless the pitcher is already “ready to pitch”.

14. It’s a force out when a runner is put out for not tagging up on a fly ball out.
If the batter is out on a fly ball, all forces are removed. If a player fails to tag-up, he can be called out after an appeal but it isn’t a force out. Any runs that cross the plate before the out is made are counted.

15. It is a fair ball if a fielder’s feet are in fair territory when the ball is touched.
A ball is only judged fair or foul based on where the ball is positioned on or above the ground at the time the ball is touched. It’ doesn’t matter where the player’s body is.

If you missed part 1 in this series you can find it here.

And catch part 3 as well.