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A little simple baseball trivia.

In the game, there are seven ways for a batter to reach first base. Hitting a single is one. Can you name the other six? (Comments screened; answer later).

Date: 2006-08-23 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melchar.livejournal.com
You mean hitting a double, a triple, a home run; being walked, getting hit with a pitch [hit batter] & stealing 1st after a 3rd strike/with 2 other outs?

Date: 2006-08-23 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maestrodog.livejournal.com
No, the double triple and homer is the same as a hit. You got the hit by pitch and the dropped third strike. There are four other ways :). Your husband got them all...

Date: 2006-08-23 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maestrodog.livejournal.com
Oops, you got the walk too...make that THREE other ways...

Date: 2006-08-23 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gil-liant.livejournal.com
1) Hit-by-pitch
2) Walk (this includes a balk, since from the batter's perspective, it is the same)
3) Hitting safely (I assume we include doubles, triples, etc.)
4) Error
5) Fielder's Choice
6) Steal (on a dropped third strike)
7) Interference by a member of the fielding team (most likely the catcher)

and

8) If you had said 'player', instead of 'batter', being put in to pinch run. ^_^

Date: 2006-08-23 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maestrodog.livejournal.com
Yep, you got them all correct.

Date: 2006-08-23 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maestrodog.livejournal.com
Incidentally...other baserunners advance on a balk, a batter does not go to first, a balk will not be called with bases empty.

Date: 2006-08-24 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gil-liant.livejournal.com
Why not? The batter is still entitled to his ball. If a balk was committed with the bases empty and the count full, the batter should (in my opinon) be awarded first base, since the balk constitutes the fourth 'ball'. (I.e., if the pitcher were to go to his mouth with his throwing hand while on the mound, or if the pitcher never came to a set position.) I don't say you're wrong, but if you are right, it seems puzzling to me.

Date: 2006-08-24 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maestrodog.livejournal.com
I don't know, but them's the rules...bases-empty balks don't exist. Of course, a balk doesn't happen much at the professional level anyway...avoiding balks is the most basic of pitching mechanics, and consistently making mistakes like that would make for a very unhappy umpire, not to mention the pitcher wouldn't be playing if he did.

Date: 2006-08-24 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thats-ms-dragon.livejournal.com
Bunt, fielder's choice, hit by a pitch, walked, stolen base, and.... interference by the catcher or something???

Mostly just guessing, but I know most of them are right.

Date: 2006-08-24 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maestrodog.livejournal.com
A bunt is the same as a hit. Hit by pitch, walk, fielders choice, and catcher interference are correct. Stolen base is not quite right...if the catcher drops the ball on strike three, the batter can try to run to first.

You're still missing one way...:)

Date: 2006-08-24 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thats-ms-dragon.livejournal.com
I was taught that it was called stealing first.

Did you realize that messages to which you have replied are no longer screened unless you physically go back and rescreen them. So I can see the conversation with gil_liant and see the one I missed. :) error. *hugs*

Date: 2006-08-24 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maestrodog.livejournal.com
I just unscreened everything.

Date: 2006-08-24 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gil-liant.livejournal.com
I was also told that taking first on a dropped third strike is 'stealing first'. I'm not sure if the batter gets credit for a stolen base, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Date: 2006-08-30 07:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mhnicholson.livejournal.com
Hi. Would you mind me using your profile picture for an okcupid test? If not, how would you like the photo attribution to read?

Date: 2006-08-30 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maestrodog.livejournal.com
You can go ahead and use it without crediting me, I got it from a dog-a-day calendar.

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