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It is really up to the official score keeper. If it is a ball the the catch should have been able to catch or block, then it coule be ruled a 'passed ball'. If it is a pitch that lacks control and the catcher has no reasonable chance to get to the ball in the dirt then it is a 'wild pitch'

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Q: If the pitcher throws a ball into the dirt and it gets past the catcher what is it?
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Is it a live ball if the pitcher throws the ball in the dirt can you still hit it?

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In baseball is it a dropped third strike if the pitcher throws a pitch in the dirt with the count 2-2 and the batter swings and misses and the catcher catches the ball off the dirt on one bounce?

It has to be caught it-the-air first. "Dropped Third Strike" is a misleading term. It should be called the "Uncaught Third Strike". So, if the ball touches the dirt before reaching the catcher, it is indeed a dropped third strike.


If the pitcher threw the ball in the dirt before it reaches the catcher glove is this an error on the pitcher?

No, this would not be an error it would be ruled a wild pitch or passed ball, neither of which are charged with errors


Why is it when the ball hits the ground at the plate a new ball is throw back but if the ball is hit infield the same ball is use again?

It just depends on how the pitcher and catcher feel about the ball. Some pitchers like the dirt others hate it. Most times the catcher will request a new one to give to the pitcher if it goes in the dirt. He also does this for the one hit in the infield which then will be given to a ball boy by whatever infielder has it. Essentially it is the pitchers choice.


Why do umpires in baseball toss the ball away when it hits the dirt around home plate but not when the ball gets hit and hits the dirt in the infield?

Its usually done cause the catcher ask for a ball change. He feels his pitcher didn't have a good feel with the ball.


If a pitcher throws a ball that hit the dirt and the batter swings and hits it is a fair ball?

It Is Fair As Long As The Batter Swings And They Hit The Ball... As Long As It Is Inside The Foul Lines The Ball Is In Play.


The Pitcher throws towards home plate. the ball bounces in the dirt before home plate and it hits the batter is it a dead ball or hit batter?

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Why does the ump look at the ball when a pitchers throws it in the dirt?

To see if the ball has been discolored or scuffed.


In fastpitch softball is it a dropped third strike if the pitch hits the dirt with a 2-2 count and the batter swings and misses and the catcher catches the ball off the dirt on the bounce?

ok this confuses me if they have 2 strikes on them and they pitch it and the catcher misses it they run and the catcher has to throw them out hope it helpes!


How many players are on the field in a regulation baseball game?

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If a 3rd baseman goes to the mound between innings picks up ball moves his feet around to smooth the dirt 2 feet from the pitchers rubber then hands the ball to the real pitcher who has to pitch?

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Why does the catcher change the ball when thrown in the dirt?

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Why do they throw out balls that hit the dirt in MLB but keep them if they're hit?

They do throw the balls out that have hit the dirt after it has been hit. Fielders finish the play and throw it back to the pitcher, and he will throw it back to the catcher to give to the umpire.


In baseball is it cheating if the pitcher puts dirt on the ball before throwing the pitch?

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Is it a past ball if a catcher blocks a ball but the runners still advance?

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When a pitcher throws the ball in the dirt the umpire takes it out of the game. If the batter hits a ground ball why is it also not taken out?

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Why are baseballs replaced after being in the dirt?

because the dirt creates scuffs, scrapes, dirt, and other marks which change the air flow over the ball where the marks are helping the pitcher by creating more curve, drop, or other actions on the ball making if more difficult for the hitter to hit. It also keeps the ball white and visible allowing the batter to see it and avoid it if necessary.


Why does the umpire throw in a new ball after the pitcher throws one that hits the dirt but not after a batter hits the ball which they throw back to the pitcher?

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Pitchers mound in softball?

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Does a ball roll further on grass or dirt?

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Can a ball go faster on mud or dirt?

can a ball go faster on dirt


Will the ball roll farther on grass or dirt?

On Dirt On Dirt


Why does a ball roll farther on grass than dirt?

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Does a ball go further an grass or dirt?

a ball can go further than grass and dirt


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