Legal catch
by Mike Lynch
May 18, 2011 | 1518 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Question: In high school baseball and softball, batter foul tips ball directly into catcher’s mitt, Ball pops out of mitt into air and bounces off plate umpire’s mask and is subsequently caught by catcher. Ball never touched the ground. Legal catch?

Answer: No catch; dead ball; ball contacting umpire’s mask is considered as contacting ground, hence, uncaught foul ball. (BB & SB - Rule 5, Sec. 1, Art. 1 (d-3))

Question: Left handed batter his fair line drive, which deflects off first baseman’s glove and contacts base umpire behind the first baseman and is caught in flight by the second baseman. Legal catch? Live/dead ball?

Answer: Live ball, no catch; batted ball remains in play as deflected fair ball contacting umpire is considered as having touched the ground. (BB - Rule 2, Sec. 5, Art. 1 & Rule 2-9-1; SB - Rule 2. Sec. 9, Art. 5 (e) and Rule 2-20-1(d))

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