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By rule, any defensive player may only touch a live ball with his glove or hand. This is to prevent an unfair advantage to the fielder since it is easier to catch or stop a ball with the larger surface of a mask or cap.

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Q: Why can a catcher not touch the ball with his mask?
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Can a catcher use his mask to pick up a foul ball?

No, the catcher can not pick up the foul ball with his mask. If so, a base is rewarded to the batter.

Can a catcher use his mask to block the ball?

No. It is a two base infraction. ---------- The above answer is not completely true. The catcher can block the ball with his mask, but if the ball becomes lodged in his mask (or any other part of his equipment), then the ball is dead, and bases are awarded.

What if the catcher uses his equipment illegally?

Rule 7.05(h) says that if a catcher (or any fielder) deliberately uses his hat or mask to touch a ball in play, the runner shall advance one more base. 7.05(d) says if the catcher (or any fielder) throws his hat or mask to catch or stop a thrown ball, the runner shall advance two bases.

If bases are loaded and the pitcher throws a wild pitch in retreiving the wild pitch the catcher catches the ball with his mask are the base runners automatically awarded 2 bases?

Any play on a ball with a hat, mask, throwing the glove, or using your jersey intentionally to field a ball shall be rewarded as 3 bases and it is a live ball -- so in your scenario.. all 3 runs would score, and the catcher could face an ejection the catcher picking the ball up with is mask is considered a balk and all the runners Will advance one (1) base

How does the catchers helmet help the catcher in baseball?

It's a piece of protective equipment the catcher (and the home plate umpire) wears to keep from being struck in the face by the ball.

Who is the player that wears a mask when playing softball?

The catcher.

Did catchers wear a mask when baseball first started?

No. The first catcher's mask is credited as having been invented in 1876 by Fred Thayer who modified a fencer's mask for the catcher of the Harvard baseball team. Click on the 'History of the Catcher's Mask' link below to read about the history and see pictures of the early catcher's masks.

When was the first catcher's mask worn?

The catcher's mask was invented in the mid 1870s by a player on the Harvard baseball team. Click on the 'Invention of the Catcher's Mask' link on this page to read an article about that Harvard team and the catcher that invented the mask.

Can you wear a face mask in major league baseball?

Only if you are a catcher. Fielders wouldn't want one because it would interfere with their fielding of the ball.

Can a catcher retrieve the ball with his facemask in the MLB?

NO ... This has happened in a Texas rangers game the catcher picked the ball up with his mask and the ump told the runner to take an extra base ... Here is the rule .... Rule 7.05 ..."Each runner, including the batter-runner may, without liability to be put out,advance(d) Two bases, if a fielder deliberately touches a thrown ball with his cap, mask or any part of his uniform detached from its proper position in his person

What equiptme NT is used in softball?

For the typical player: Ball, bat, glove, cleats, batting helmet, batting gloves, sliding pad, a fielding mask if desired. For a catcher there is more: Everything listed above, plus chest protector, shinguards, and catcher's mask. There are a lot of other accessories and helpful aids, but those are the basics.

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