I mean no disrespect because Iíve been wrong more than a few times about baseball rules in my life. Iím gonna guess youíve been a fan of the game for a long time, but how many times have you ever looked that particular rule up? For that matter, how many times have you read the rule book?
Originally Posted by KCGHOST
Even though Iím literally in the rule book looking for something a couple times a week at least and have read every rule at least 5 or 6 times, itís a lot different than reading them and studying them, having to pass a test on them, and applying them in for real games many times each year.
What Iíve learned to do, is never accept anyoneís unsupported statement about the rules without finding it and reading it for myself, no matter who they are. Even with the outstanding reputation jbooth has, when he says something is such and such, while I believe him unequivocally more often than not, I still very often take a look for myself when he doesnít document what he says with rule quotes.
Hereís the quote.
OBR - 7.08 Any runner is out whenó
(f) He is touched by a fair ball in fair territory before the ball has touched or passed an infielder. The ball is dead and no runner may score, nor runners advance, except runners forced to advance. EXCEPTION: If a runner is touching his base when touched by an Infield Fly, he is not out, although the batter is out;
Rule 7.08(f) Comment: If two runners are touched by the same fair ball, only the first one is out because the ball is instantly dead.
If runner is touched by an Infield Fly when he is not touching his base, both runner and batter are out.
Back to my original question, have you ever looked that particular rule up? My guess is, youíre normal and have always relied on the word of those you felt were authorities. I have to admit that its become a whole lot easier with the WWW being around. Every year I go to MLB.com and grab a complete copy of OBR, the NCAA site and get theirs, and now the NFHS rules are available on their site too. Its really neat to be able to look something up, and its surprising to find out how many times what someone thinks, is wrong.
The pitcher whoís afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.