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April 21, 2010
BASEBALL: Play At The Plate

The Sporting News bring us some baserunning even Joey Gathright might envy,
as Fordham infielder Brian Kownacki evades a plate-blocking catcher in spectacular fashion:

HT Ben Domenech.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:09 PM | Baseball 2010 | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

Cool play!!! How do you get hit by a pitch twice in one inning?

Posted by: maddirishman at April 21, 2010 5:27 PM

Play of the day! If a batter swings at a pitch that hits him it is a strike. If the batter is hit by a pitch in the strike zone it is a strike. Dick Dietz was hit by a Don Drysdale pitch in the strike zone with the bases loaded during Big D's 58 inning scoreless streak in 1968. The umpire ruled it a strike and the streak continued.

The second hit by pitch would be out of the strike zone and not swung at. A thousand ways to die: if the catcher stands up quick and hits the runner's feet the flip could be increased to where the runner lands on his back and becomes a quadraplegic. Kids don't do this at home!

Posted by: Yetijuice at April 21, 2010 6:29 PM

I give him a 9 for level of difficulty and a 10 for excecution.

Posted by: Lee at April 21, 2010 7:50 PM

The play by play guy said he batted around, so apparently he actually reached base via HBP twice, rather than being hit twice in one at bat.

Posted by: Jerry at April 22, 2010 8:06 PM

According to the play-by-play from the Fordham website, Kownacki actually came to the plate three times, and reached base via HBP each time, twice in the Fordham eighth.

Posted by: KMDowney at April 22, 2010 9:57 PM

No, the guy HBP twice was not the batter. He was the guy from first who dove over the catcher (a legal move in all major rule classifications - NCAA, pro - except for High School Federation rules). He was a pinch hitter who, because the team batted around, actually got a 2nd AB as a pinch hitter. Very rare.

The Drysdale play to which you refer, if I remember correctly (which isn't necessarily true), was not called a strike. I believe the batter was not given 1B due to his not attempting to get out of the way. The umpire has discretion to call the pitch a ball and keep the batter at the plate (if it is not ball 4). Your basic premise, that a HBP on a pitch that is otherwise a strike (swung at or passes through the zone), is correct in that it is a dead ball, and a strike, with no bases being given.

Posted by: DS at April 23, 2010 3:51 PM

DS, you are absolutely correct! My bad! I dusted off an old copy of "Once a Bum, Always a Dodger" by Don Drysdale and Bob Verdi and checked the index for "Dick Dietz." On page 142 it states that Dietz was hit on the left elbow by the 2-2 pitch with no outs and the bases loaded. Dietz did not make an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch and it was called a ball. After fouling off the first 3-2 pitch Dietz hit a shallow fly to left field and the runners held. Ty Cline then hit into a 3-2 fielder's choice force-out at the plate and Jack Hiatt popped up to Wes Parker at first base to end the game. The Dodgers won 3-0 and Drysdale had his fifth consecutive shutout. I was keeping score at home.

Sorry for the delay in replying to your post. I was in Spokane, Washington over the weekend visiting my son's boarding school. I woke up yesterday (Monday) in Spokane and arrived at Anaheim Stadium in time for the first pitch of an Angels 5-2 victory over the Indians. I felt like I had been called up to the major leagues! Spokane used to be the Dodgers triple A farm team. If you visit Spokane, try to stay at the Spokane Club. Their athletic club has a nice view of the Spokane River. The food is good too!

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