A foul ball in baseball is a baseball that is hit by a batter into foul territory. Foul territory is determined by the foul lines and the foul poles. It does not include the foul lines themselves. A foul ball is a hit baseball that lands in foul territory, outside the foul lines. Additionally, if the baseball is hit and initially bounces in fair territory between home plate and the bases, then bounces into foul territory before crossing a base, it is considered a foul ball.
A (batted) baseball is a foul ball in all other cases. A fair ball allows the batter to at least try to advance to first base or beyond. Maybe he'll be successful, maybe not. On the other hand, a foul ball is usually bad for the batter and his team, although in some situations it's just indifferent. We'll discuss the basics of all this elsewhere.
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In baseball, a foul ball is a batted ball that: Settles on foul territory between home and first base or between home and third base, or. Bounces and then goes past first or third base on or over foul territory, or. Has its first bounce occur in foul territory beyond first or third base, or.
“A FOUL BALL is a batted ball that settles on foul territory between home and first base, or between home and third base, or that bounds past first or third base on or over foul territory, or that first falls on foul territory beyond first or third base, or that, while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or player, or any object foreign to the natural ground.“
The ball is not ruled fair or foul, until the ball comes to a stop, is touched by a fielder, or goes past first or third base. The ball may zig-zag, back-and-forth, between fair and foul ground an unlimited number of times. The ruling of fair or foul is not made until the ball finally comes to a stop, or is touched, or goes past first or third base. THE ACTUAL RULE from the rule book
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A foul ball is when the umpire declares the ball as "dead" and play temporarily stops. Below are examples of when a foul ball will be called in a baseball game: The ball is hit directly into foul territory.
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The scariest foul balls are those with high exit velocities, particularly the line drives, which give spectators only seconds — or fractions of a second — to react. Statcast was able to ...