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Discussion: Intentional Walk

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Aug. 27, 2009
Joe H
11 posts
Intentional Walk
I play and ump in a senior 55+ league. A question arose regarding interpretation of SSUSA Rule 1.2 Base on Balls where it says "only one batter at a time can be intentionally walked." Our feeling is that this is confusing as written, but the interpretation we have given to this is that you cannot intentionally walk 2 consecutive batters. Is that the interpretation others are using? If that is the intent, it seems that the wording should have staed something like "back to back intentional walks in same inning are prohibited", or something similar. I appreciate any responses.
Aug. 27, 2009
Dbax
Men's 60
1247 posts
I believe this means you can not say, "put the next two guys on." Each batter must take his place at the plate before being walked. I have never heard that you cannot walk two or more batters intentionally.
Aug. 28, 2009
hitman
Men's 65
298 posts
If there was something about two intentional walks, just throw 8 straight balls that are unhitable.
Does was time though!!!!!!!!!!!
The Hitman #13
Aug. 28, 2009
SSUSA Staff
1123 posts
The intent of the SSUSA Rule is exactly as Dbax described. Multiple batters may be walked intentionally on the instruction of the defensive team, but they must be walked sequentially and not as a group. It is also not necessary to throw 4 'balls' to accomplish the intentional walk.
Aug. 28, 2009
Joe H
11 posts
Thanks everyone for your input. You clarified the issue for me.

Joe H
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