Over at Baseball-Reference.com each hitters record shows his batting average for each pitch in the count on the Splits page
a swinging pitch in the dirt
No it is not...in fact there have been several base hits made from swinging at an intentional walk pitch.
He was hit by a pitch in the head i believe
Yes they are. If you watch closely, some teams let all the first pitch strikes go by withouth swinging. Baseball managers use the excuse "raising the pitch count" to prevent getting caught.
If the batter was swinging it is a strike...if the batter was not swinging, then they are deemed to have been "hit by pitch" and are awarded first base.
Nolan Ryan has been noted as the first player to pitch over 100mph, but the real answer is unknown, because the earlier pitchers didn't have radar guns.
In scoring baseball on all levels, a backwards "K" means the batter was called out on strikes by the umpire. A regular "K" means the batter struck out while swinging at the pitch.
On Aug. 16, 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman - the only Major League player to be killed by a pitch - was struck in the temple by Yankee pitcher Carl Mays.
The first pitch.
Fast pitch and baseball are the same. A softball glove is different.
Grand Slam First PitchKevin Kouzmanoff (Texas) was the first in 2006, Daniel Nava (Boston) was the second in 2010.