A strike is a ball that passes through any part of the strike zone in flight. A foul ball is also counted as a strike when a hitter has less than two strikes. When a batter accumulates three strikes, he is out. If the batter bunts a foul ball with two strikes then it is counted as a strike and the batter is out.
In baseball, there is no set limit to how many foul balls a batter can hit. Even though a foul ball is considered a strike, a foul ball will not increase the number of strikes when the batter already has two strikes in the count.
foul ball in American English
noun Baseball & Baseball. 1. a batted ground ball that is hit and played outside the foul lines, or that passes outside the foul lines at first or third base, or that is played outside the foul line between home and first or third base regardless of where hit.
Any batted ball that first contacts a fielder while the ball is in fair territory is considered fair. If not touched by a fielder, any batted ball that first contacts the field in fair territory beyond first or third base – with the foul lines and foul poles counting as fair territory – is considered fair.
(A foul ball counts as a strike, but it cannot be the third and final strike of the at-bat. A foul tip, which is caught by the catcher, is considered a third strike.) The batter is automatically out on a strikeout, unless the catcher does not cleanly hold onto the baseball or if the baseball hits the dirt.
So what is the main difference between a foul tip and a foul ball? It’s in the catcher’s hands. A foul tip is a pitch that is nicked by the hitter’s bat, goes directly into the catcher’s hand or glove and is caught before touching the batter, the umpire or the ground. Anything else is a foul ball.
A fly ball hit in foul territory is in play and can be caught for an out; baserunners can advance as on any other fly ball out. If it drops to the ground, it is simply a foul ball, and runners cannot advance. A ground ball hit in foul territory is simply a foul ball, and cannot be played.
A batter-runner who intentionally deflects a ball that is in foul territory should be called out, the ball is dead, and other runners, if any, may not advance [ 5.09(a)(9) ]. An infield fly is waved off if the ball drops uncaught in foul territory.
Short answer: if a batted ball is in foul territory and crosses back into fair territory before passing the 1st/3rd base (without the influence of a fielder), it is fair. If it passes back into fair territory after the base, it’s foul.
Field Level 108-114 — These sections, 108, 110, 112 and 114, are on the 3rd base side (left field). In baseball, fouls have a very slight edge in tendency toward going left into the 3rd base stands. To be sure, this edge is minor, amounting to roughly 1-2 extra fouls per game.
A pitcher is charged with a wild pitch when his pitch is so errant that the catcher is unable to control it and, as a result, baserunner(s) advance. (This is an important stipulation.
If a batted ball hits the plate first it’s a foul ball.
Approved Ruling: Home plate, first, second, and third base are all completely within fair territory. The foul lines are also within fair territory. In order to rule the ball foul, it must have come to rest in foul territory or be touched in foul territory.
Yes, a runner can tag up and advance on a foul ball that is caught in the air by a defensive player. Just like tagging up on a regular fly ball, the runner must keep a foot on the bag until the ball lands in the defenders glove at which point the runner can advance and the ball is live.
Infield Foul Balls
A ball in the infield may start out fair and then roll foul. For this reason some defensive players may decide to let the ball roll foul if they think they can’t get the batter out.
In baseball, a fair ball is a batted ball that entitles the batter to attempt to reach first base. By contrast, a foul ball is a batted ball that does not entitle the batter to attempt to reach first base.
Because first base and third base are along the foul lines, they are the markers used to determine a fair or foul ball. If the ball lands in foul territory before reaching first base or third base, it is a foul ball. If the ball travels beyond the bases, and then happens to go into foul territory, it is a fair ball.
(1) A fly ball or line drive, which passes over or inside first or third base in flight and curves to foul ground beyond such base, is not a fair hit; but a hit which goes over or through the fence is a fair hit if it is over fair ground when it leaves the field.
In 1901, the National League introduce a rule that required the first two foul ball hit by a batter to be counted as strikes. The American League adopted the rule in 1903. In part this was introduced to prevent batters from endlessly hitting foul balls.
A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly to the catcher’s hand or glove and is legally caught. A foul tip is considered equivalent to a ball in which the batter swings and misses, in that the baserunners are able to advance at their own risk (without needing to tag up).
Rules for Stealing Bases
These rules include: You cannot steal a base on a “dead” or foul ball. Overthrown or passed balls may be stolen on, as long as the ball is still considered to be “live”
The rules treat a foul tip as equivalent in every respect to a pitch at which the batter swings and misses. A foul tip is always a strike, regardless of the existing ball-and-strike count. A player with two strikes against him is automatically struck out. A player with fewer than two strikes against him is not out.
I can foresee a situation when a team is tied or up by one run, late in the game, where an outfielder may intentionally drop a catchable ball in foul territory to prevent an opposing runner from tagging up and scoring from third base with less than two outs.
How many fouls does it take to foul out in the NBA? NBA players foul out after six personal fouls (which consist of a combination of personal and technical fouls) or two technical fouls.
If a ball strikes the foul pole, it is ruled as fair. It does not matter if the ball bounces into foul territory after hitting the pole. The ball only needs to touch the foul pole to be fair – even grazing the pole is sufficient.