The Top-40 Baseball Rules Myths
Here, in no particular order, are some beliefs about the game of baseball and its rules which are surrounded by misconceptions and
misunderstanding. We're not picking on anyone, we believe this article is good for both coaches and umpires to read and know. How
many of these statements do you believe to be true? Be honest. There is a link to the answers below.
1. The hands are considered part of the bat.
2. The batter-runner must turn to his right after over-running first base.
3. If the batter
breaks his wrists when swinging, it's a strike.
4. If a batted ball hits the plate first it's a foul ball.
5. The batter cannot be called
out for interference if he is in the batter's box.
6. The ball is dead on a foul-tip.
7. The batter may not switch batter's boxes after
8. The batter who batted out of order is the person declared out.
9. The batter may not overrun first base when he gets
10. The batter is out if he starts for the dugout before going to first after a dropped third strike.
11. If the batter
does not pull the bat out of the strike zone while in the bunting position, it's an automatic strike.
12. The batter is out if a bunted
ball hits the ground and bounces back up and hits the bat while the batter is holding the bat.
13. The batter is out if his foot touches
14. The batter-runner is always out if he runs outside the running lane after a bunted ball.
15. A runner is out if he slaps
hands or high-fives other players, after a homerun is hit over the fence.
16. Tie goes to the runner.
17. The runner gets the base he's
going to, plus one on a ball thrown out-of-play.
18. Anytime a coach touches a runner, the runner is out.
19. Runners may never run
the bases in reverse order.
20. The runner must always slide when the play is close.
21. The runner is always safe when hit by a batted
ball while touching a base.
22. A runner may not steal on a foul-tip.
23. It is a force out when a runner is called out for not tagging
up on a fly ball.
24. An appeal on a runner who missed a base cannot be a force out.
25. A runner is out if he runs out of the baseline
to avoid a fielder who is fielding a batted ball.
26. Runners may not advance when an infield fly is called.
27. No run can score when
a runner is called out for the third out for not tagging up.
28. A pitch that bounces to the plate cannot be hit.
29. The batter does
not get first base if hit by a pitch after it bounces.
30. If a fielder holds a fly ball for 2 seconds it's a catch.
31. You must tag
the base with your foot on a force out or appeal.
32. The ball is always immediately dead on a balk.
33. If a player's feet are in fair
territory when the ball is touched, it is a fair ball.
34. The ball must always be returned to the pitcher before an appeal can be
35. With no runners on base, it is a ball if the pitcher starts his windup and then stops.
36. The pitcher must come to a set
position before a pick-off throw.
37. The pitcher must step off the rubber before a pick-off throw.
38. If a fielder catches a fly ball
and then falls over the fence it is a homerun.
39. The ball is dead anytime an umpire is hit by the ball.
40. The home plate umpire
can overrule the other umps at anytime.
How well did you do? Seriously, how many are true? The answer is 0! All 40 statements are false. See the explanations, with rule references,
Keep your rule book handy. Don't just read it in March for your exam, whenever you see a weird or unusual play on the diamond, look it up!
Whenever you're unsure of a ruling by an umpire, or of a play you see during your game, look up the play. You may learn that not all umpires are as "brain-dead" as you might think!