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2014-08-30 06:23:12 PM  
What stops a player from intentionally jumping into the ball while at bat?
 
2014-08-30 06:42:19 PM  

gnosis301: What stops a player from intentionally jumping into the ball while at bat?


Pain?
 
2014-08-30 06:49:11 PM  
"Donning jersey number 47, Ernie Pantusso played minor league ball fo the St. Loius Browns and the Birmingham Barons. While playing for the Browns organization he perfected his specialty--being hit by pitches (HBPs). He led the league In HBPs two years in a row, and held the record for most HBP's in a career."
 
2014-08-30 06:51:43 PM  

gonzoduke: gnosis301: What stops a player from intentionally jumping into the ball while at bat?

Pain?


That,  and the fact that rule 6.08 requires the batter to try to get out of the way.
 
2014-08-30 07:26:04 PM  

Rustico: gonzoduke: gnosis301: What stops a player from intentionally jumping into the ball while at bat?

Pain?

That,  and the fact that rule 6.08 requires the batter to try to get out of the way.


Yea, like that's ever enforced.
 
2014-08-30 08:29:10 PM  

Rustico: "Donning jersey number 47, Ernie Pantusso played minor league ball fo the St. Loius Browns and the Birmingham Barons. While playing for the Browns organization he perfected his specialty--being hit by pitches (HBPs). He led the league In HBPs two years in a row, and held the record for most HBP's in a career."


Ernie recommends:
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2014-08-30 08:37:25 PM  
Bunt left
 
2014-08-30 08:44:05 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Bunt left


You can't - that would be a violation of the unwritten rules.  Colby Rasmus of the Blue Jays did that in a game against the Rangers about a month ago and he's now banned from baseball.
 
2014-08-30 08:45:07 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Bunt left


No kidding... could be a pop bunt for crying out loud... nobody would be there to catch it.
 
2014-08-30 08:50:26 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Bunt left


Seriously, it's the 12th inning.  Bunt you imbecile.
 
2014-08-30 08:52:17 PM  
And yet the Padres won it one batter after this wonderful idea.  Seriously, if the Padres can figure this out, I can see why it's not done more often.
 
2014-08-30 08:52:53 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Ernie recommends:


Diane: I'm not going to throw this anywhere near him.
Sam: That's kind of the point.
 
2014-08-30 08:58:44 PM  

jchic: Rustico: gonzoduke: gnosis301: What stops a player from intentionally jumping into the ball while at bat?

Pain?

That,  and the fact that rule 6.08 requires the batter to try to get out of the way.

Yea, like that's ever enforced.


I've seen it.  It's rare, but it happens.  Used to happen with Barry Bonds a couple times a season.  More likely to see it on a breaking ball where the batter obviously braces for impact instead of jumping out of the way.  Not so much called with fastballs.
 
2014-08-30 09:01:14 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Bunt left


Their was a fielder at 3rd.
 
2014-08-30 09:01:17 PM  

PluckYew: Lost Thought 00: Bunt left

Seriously, it's the 12th inning.  Bunt you imbecile.


I think there was somebody covering 3rd
 
2014-08-30 09:07:52 PM  

Frederick: Lost Thought 00: Bunt left

Their There was a fielder at 3rd.


embarrassing

lifeboat: Lost Thought 00: Bunt left

You can't - that would be a violation of the unwritten rules.  Colby Rasmus of the Blue Jays did that in a game against the Rangers about a month ago and he's now banned from baseball.


It's happening more and more.  Brandon Moss and David Ortiz both lefty power hitters have done it successfully against the shift.  I disagree it violates the unwritten rules.  Heck I'd say employing the shift is a greater violation of the unwritten rules.
 
2014-08-30 09:27:54 PM  

lifeboat: Lost Thought 00: Bunt left

You can't - that would be a violation of the unwritten rules.  Colby Rasmus of the Blue Jays did that in a game against the Rangers about a month ago and he's now banned from baseball.


Baseball Prospectus has been tracking bunting as a counterstrategy to infield shifts this year.  Through June, bunters were 28-for-49 (.571), and they remain boggled that batters don't lay one down nearly every time.

They also noticed that once a batter lays down a successful bunt once or twice, teams usually stop shifting against them.  Given that the shift usually does its job (batting averages go way down, at least for the type of lefty that draws a shift), just the threat of a bunt would be a big perk.

The problem is that some batters are so bad at bunting and/or running that it's not even a threat, no matter how ridiculous the defensive alignment gets.
 
2014-08-30 09:31:59 PM  

Frederick: Brandon Moss and David Ortiz both lefty power hitters have done it successfully against the shift. I disagree it violates the unwritten rules. Heck I'd say employing the shift is a greater violation of the unwritten rules.


You're speaking like it's a new thing.

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2014-08-30 09:41:21 PM  

gnosis301: What stops a player from intentionally jumping into the ball while at bat?


Rule 6.08b: "The batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided he advances to and touches first base) when ... he is touched by a pitched ball which he is not attempting to hit unless (1) The ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, or (2) The batter makes no attempt to avoid being touched by the ball;  If the ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a strike, whether or not the batter tries to avoid the ball. If the ball is outside the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a ball if he makes no attempt to avoid being touched."

The second case (making no effort to avoid) is almost never called.  But if it's in the strike zone and the batter leans into it, the umpire is usually chuckling as he calls the strike.
 
2014-08-30 09:53:30 PM  

chimp_ninja: Frederick: Brandon Moss and David Ortiz both lefty power hitters have done it successfully against the shift. I disagree it violates the unwritten rules. Heck I'd say employing the shift is a greater violation of the unwritten rules.

You're speaking like it's a new thing.

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Nothing is new in baseball anymore.  But thanks for the .bmp -awesome.

Slightly off topic:  If anyone hasnt watched Ken Burns' series 'Baseball' -I highly recommend it.
 
2014-08-30 11:21:20 PM  

Frederick: jchic: Rustico: gonzoduke: gnosis301: What stops a player from intentionally jumping into the ball while at bat?

Pain?

That,  and the fact that rule 6.08 requires the batter to try to get out of the way.

Yea, like that's ever enforced.

I've seen it.  It's rare, but it happens.  Used to happen with Barry Bonds a couple times a season.  More likely to see it on a breaking ball where the batter obviously braces for impact instead of jumping out of the way.  Not so much called with fastballs.


I never saw Greg Luzinski try to get out of the way of a pitch
 
2014-08-31 05:53:29 AM  
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2014-08-31 10:02:32 AM  

Frederick: Frederick: Lost Thought 00: Bunt left

Their There was a fielder at 3rd.

embarrassing

lifeboat: Lost Thought 00: Bunt left

You can't - that would be a violation of the unwritten rules.  Colby Rasmus of the Blue Jays did that in a game against the Rangers about a month ago and he's now banned from baseball.

It's happening more and more.  Brandon Moss and David Ortiz both lefty power hitters have done it successfully against the shift.  I disagree it violates the unwritten rules.  Heck I'd say employing the shift is a greater violation of the unwritten rules.


That's no violation of unwritten rules...in fact the team doing the shift wants you to bunt left or try to hit into the shift. Either way the defense wins (assuming no guys on base).
 
2014-08-31 01:02:49 PM  
What kind of idiot pulls a ball when they have 4 infielders waiting for it?

I don't understand.

If they pitch you inside back up a step in the box and use an inside-out swing. Or bunt.

Christ. And this guy is in the majors? And he's one of their best players?

I... I don't understand.
 
2014-08-31 01:13:31 PM  
Bunt, you fool.
 
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