Did you know? Batted ball hitting runner
When a batter hits a ball which hits a runner before a fielder has a chance to play the ball, it’s a dead ball, the runner is out, and the batter is awarded first base. But this site isn’t about baseball rules. There are lots that are – check out Umpire-Empire, or The Rulebook Guru if you want to learn more about some of the more knottier rule applications. This article is about how you score this play.
Since the batter hit the ball, and a runner in front of him was put out, logically this sounds like a fielder’s choice. Actually, it could have even be worse as it may have even been a double play ball, that just happened to hit the runner. But according to scoring rule 10.05 (a) (5), it is scored a hit!
So, the runner in the above picture, who made the right baseball play by jumping over the hit ball, may have cost his teammate a hit. Now you know.