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You Make the Call – Is it Fair, or Foul

Situation: With the bases loaded, and two outs, the batter hits a ball that lands in foul territory, but due to the spin on the ball, enters fair territory and stops. The ball did not pass either first or third base, and it did not touch a fence, player, or equipment. Would this be a fair ball?

Answer: Because the ball settled on fair ground and did not touch the person of a player or an umpire or any object foreign to the natural ground while in foul territory by definition of a Fair Ball (2.00) the ball would be considered live and in play.

Rule 2.00 -- Definitions

Fair ball – A fair ball is a batted ball that settles on fair ground between home plate and first base; or between home plate and first base; or that is on, or over, fair territory when bounding to the outfield past first or third base; or that touches first, second or third base; or that first falls on fair territory on, or beyond, first base; or that, while on, or over, fair territory, touches the person of the umpire or player, or that while over fair territory, passes out of the playing field in flight.

Foul Ball – A foul ball is a batted ball that settles on foul territory between home and first base, or between home and third base, or that bounds past first or third base on or over foul territory, or that first falls on foul territory beyond first or third base, or that while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or player, or any object foreign to the natural ground.

Fair Territory – Fair Territory is the part of the playing field within, and including the first base and third base lines, from home to base to the bottom of the playing field fence and perpendicularly upwards. Home plate, first base and third base and all foul lines are in fair territory.

Foul Territory – Foul Territory is the part of the playing field outside the first and third base lines extended to the fence and perpendicularly upwards.


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