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Discussion: Baserunner hit by batted ball

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Dec. 3, 2021
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Baserunner hit by batted ball
Runner on 1B, no outs. Batted ball hits the runner in fair territory, but the runner never left the bag. Who is out (runner or batter) and is it immediately a dead ball? Thanks.
Dec. 3, 2021
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If the baserunner never left the bag, he is SAFE. Whether or not it is a live or dead ball is determined in accordance with Rulebook 8.2.C ...

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C. When he bats a fair ball even though it strikes another player, umpire or their attached clothing or equipment.
1. If the runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is not out. EFFECT: The ball is live or dead depending on the position of the fielder closest to the ball. If the closest defensive player is in front of the base runner hit by the ball, the ball remains live. However, after the runner in contact with the base is hit by the batted ball, it shall be the same as hitting the ground. Since the ball remains live, the defense is free to make whatever plays are available. If the defensive player is behind the base runner, the ball is ruled dead, the hitter is awarded a base hit and runners are advanced only if forced to advance.
2. If the runner is hit by the ball while off base and before it passes an infielder (excluding the pitcher), the ball is dead and the hit runner is declared out. The batter-runner is awarded first base without liability to be put out.

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