Baseball Instruction/Batting rules


steve wrote at 2006-07-20 17:05:48
this answer is wrong for any league I know of see A batter may switch to the other box after every pitch if he so desires. He may do it on any ball strike count. One of the oldest myths in baseball is the one that says you can't switch boxes when you have two strikes on you.

The only restriction on the batter is that he may not step into the other box after the pitcher is in position ready to pitch. Rule 6.06(b  

cg wrote at 2007-04-15 03:59:49
You may switch boxes as long as the pitcher is not on the rubber. The rule 60.0b states:

A batter is out for illegal action when --

(b) He steps from one batter’s box to the other while the pitcher is in position ready to pitch;

Coach K wrote at 2007-04-16 16:17:07
A batter may switch boxes with ANY strike ball count. MLB rules 6.06 is only exception which states a batter cannot switch boxes once a pitcher is set to pitch.

Jobu wrote at 2008-05-07 14:49:40
I don't think that's correct.  I thought you could switch all you wanted until there were 2 strikes...

Tim wrote at 2014-05-14 11:46:48 are incorrect a batter may switch sides in an at bat as long as the pitcher is not on the rubber....


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