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Discussion: Out or Safe?

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Sept. 14, 2013
49 posts
Out or Safe?
In a league game last week, a batter seeing a big opening up the middle choked up on his bat and "punched" a line drive up the middle that landed on the outfield grass on a fly. The defense argued that this was not a full swing and the batter should be called out. Rule 7.6.E in 2013-2014 rulebook.

Two questions?
(1) Out or safe?
(2) What is your deffinition of a full swing?
Sept. 14, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1203 posts
Safe.. you can't bunt one to the OF FYI!
Sept. 14, 2013
Men's 65
839 posts
Scuba, The answer should be safe. If a player hits a line drive or any type of fly ball that never hits the dirt/infield and hits the grass first, it is a hit. Does not matter if the batter took a full swing or not. Not sure if there is a definition of a full swing, but is the judgement of the umpire. The rule applies to a ground ball hit in the infield, where the batter slaps or chops at the ball without taking a full swing or just does not take a full cut. Again, this is a judgement call.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 14, 2013
Men's 55
373 posts
This occurred a few times last year in Vegas....every time it was called safe. Aloha, Fabe
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