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Yes. As long as he doesn't leave the dirt around home plate. Rule 6.09(b) Comment: A batter who does not realize his situation on a third strike not caught, and who is not in the process of running to first base, shall be declared out once he leaves the dirt circle surrounding home plate."[1] 1. ^

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According to Major League Baseball the batter-runner is out.

MLB official rule 6.09b states that a batter becomes a runner when the third strike is called by the umpire but the pitch is not caught. The batter-runner may attempt to advance when (a) first base is not occupied or(b) with two outs and first base is occupied by a runner.

A specific comment made in the MLB official rules regarding this issue is as follows:

Rule 6.09(b) Comment: A batter who does not realize his situation on a third strike not caught, and who is not in the process of running to first base, shall be declared out once he leaves the dirt circle surrounding home plate.

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