Infield Fly Rule

What The Hey ! He Doesn't Have To Catch The Ball, You Kidding Me?

Try To Explain This Baseball Rule To Baseballs Soft Ankle Fan

Infield Fly Rule is simple but might get a little complicated for me to explain let me quickly add there has never been a player of the game who could fault the logic of this fair play golden rule.

Rules of baseball play in this game of baseball maintains a control and order of play which many have with stood the passage of time. Baseball with all its rules still is the game that has captured the fascination, love and adoration of generation after generation of competitive players and the fans.

If I told you that a pop fly hit so as to be easily caught by an infielder, the hitter could be called out and the infielder doesn't have to actually catch the ball would you believe it?

One of baseballs obscure or little known rules is this infield baseball fly rule which is a prime example of how rules of baseball play a big role in our game of baseball.

Come on now. Yes I am right we have what is called in certain situational circumstances, of the games action, the baseballs Infield Fly rule.

Less than two outs a pop fly staying in the infield area and the Umpire can call the batter out. This part of baseball playing rule we call the infield fly rule.

Well thats the simple explanation but you see that is not all of the story as Paul Harvey would have said.

There are more parts to this puzzle. There is the blue sky, thats at the top of the puzzzle. Find all pieces with blue on them and place them up at the top.

First off, the ball must be hit up into the air.Thats the blue, and it must be within easy distance to one of the infielders to get under and catch. Infielders are the third baseman, the shortstop, the second sacker and the first baseman.

Stay with me. This infield fly rule is a little complicated part of playing baseball. The infield fly rule and is not all that bad.

The ball is hit into the air and there is less than two (2) outs.

Stay right with me. Runners are on base, i.e first base and maybe first base and second base. Don't leave me. Stay right there.

The baseball rule requires that those runners must also stay there.(actually infield fly rule does allows them to leave the base at their own peril)

Here it is. Less than two outs,runners on base, (first or first and second) fly ball can be caught by an infielder,Umpire immediately calls the hitter out.

The purpose of the rule is so as to not allow an infielder to purposely drop the ball grab, it from the ground and proceed to complete a double play. You see, runners have to stay on base and tag up after a catch before attempting to advance a base after the catch.

Major League Baseball Official Rule: 2.00 Definition Of Terms

Renders The INFIELD FLY as follows:

An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out.

The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule. When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “Infield Fly” for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare “Infield Fly, if Fair.” The ball is alive and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught, or retouch and advance after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul. If a declared Infield Fly is allowed to fall untouched to the ground, and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. If a declared Infield Fly falls untouched to the ground outside the baseline, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an Infield Fly. Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder—not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire’s judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire’s judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately. When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 6.05 (L). The infield fly rule takes precedence

It would be unfair for one rule to require runners to stay on a base untill after a catch and then to allow some sneaky little second baseman to cleverly pull off a double play.

Boys if you can explain this infield fly rule to your girl friend she will forever be in your debt because she will not only be the prettiest girl in town she will know something about baseball rules most of the other girls don't know.

For a girl to know something the other girls do not, is worth more than a hand of cards which holds the King of Diamonds and also the other three kings.

If I failed to properly explain baseballs infield fly rule then shame on me and for goodness sake let me hear about it.

Baseball and the baseball game rules make the playing more toward having the proper skills to best the opponent by ability than by trickery or being a lazy mans out.

Any way we slice it the game of baseball is not only fascinating for the novice it is akin to being the Blue Ribbon Winning Farmer raising prize pigs in the county. Everybody loves a winner.

That winning attitude is what drives the beginning youngster and provides pride and jubilation in the heart of that ole weather beaten ball playing veteran.

This winning attitude also involves knowing the rules of the game and respecting the rules.

As Mikey might would say, "Try it. You will like it."

Batters out "Infield Fly," cries the Ump. Baseballs Infield Fly Rule...

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