At the beginning of each season I present my players with a general baseball knowledge quiz. With our season set to begin this Friday, I thought it would be fun to see how our readers match up with a bunch of high school kids. Here is the exact quiz I will be presenting to them on Friday. I will post the answers later this evening for those interested.
1) Runner on 1st, no outs, 2 strikes on the batter. The next pitch is inside and the batter swings and misses, but the ball hits him square in the chest and drops to the ground in fair territory. Runner on 1st, who was stealing on the pitch, hits 2nd and heads for 3rd. The catcher retrieves the ball and throws the runner out as he slides into 3rd. What’s the call?
2) A low line drive goes down the left side of the field and hits the front of 3rd base, then bounces back into the dugout and out of play before actually passing the bag. What’s the call?
3) Proper batting order for the inning is Johnny, Derek, Bobby. Derek steps up to the plate first, however, and after four pitches the count is 3 and 1. The opposing team’s manager asks for time and tells the umpire the incorrect batter is at the plate. What’s the call?
4) A batted ball hits home plate and bounces straight up into the air, touching no one. When it comes back down it rolls alongside the plate in foul territory for a moment before finally rolling onto the plate where it comes to a complete stop. What’s the call?
5) A bunted ball is rolling just on the foul side of the chalk line toward 3rd base and is being chased by the catcher, pitcher, and 3rd baseman. The umpire should:
a) Immediately call "Foul!" if the ball’s initial contact with the ground had been in foul territory.
b) Wait to see the relative position of the ball to the foul line when it either comes to a stop or is touched by a player, so long as the ball’s initial contact with the ground was in fair territory.
c) Wait to see the relative position of the ball to the foul line when it either comes to a stop or is touched by a player, regardless of whether or not the ball’s initial contact with the ground was in fair or foul territory.
d) Both a and b.
6) A low line drive heading straight up the middle strikes the pitching rubber and, before being touched by any fielder, bounces into foul territory between home and 1st or home and 3rd. What’s the call?
7) Runners on first and third. The batter then blisters a hot ground ball between the legs of the first baseman and strikes the runner going from first to second. The umpires should keep the ball in play and nobody is out. True or False?
Here are the answers:
1) The ball is immediately dead when it hits the batter and the pitch is a strike since the batter swung. All runners must return to their original bases.
2) The ball is fair and since it went out of play, the batter is awarded two bases.
3) If a batter out of order is discovered before he has either reached base or completed his at bat, no consequences will result for the offensive team. You simply replace the incorrect batter with the proper batter, who assumes whatever count the improper batter had.
4) Home plate is in fair territory.
5) C. Doesn’t matter where a batted ball starts out, only where it ends up when it comes to a complete stop or where it is when touched by a fielder.
6) A batted ball not touched by a fielder, which hits the pitcher’s rubber and rebounds into foul territory between home and first, or between home and third base is a foul ball.
7) True. When a batted ball passes through, or by, a fielder, and no other infielder has a chance to make a play on the ball, the ball is kept alive and in play.