The Answer Guy: Nothing illegal about carrying a bat to first (2023)

AG: More like an old times' tale. A batter could carry his bat to first base (why he would want to slow himself down is the real mystery) and would probably not be declared out for carrying it, unless the umpire felt the bat had somehow interfered with a fielder. The need to convince little sluggers not to carry their bats to first base, as they often do amid the first thrills of actual hitting, is probably the source of the longtime admonition that doing so turns one into an automatic out.

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The Answer Guy: Nothing illegal about carrying a bat to first (1)

AG: Hate to lessen the organ magic, but there is no organist at Safeco. All music at the ballpark is either the result of CDs or digital effects.

Q: I thought that the killer splitter of closer Kazuhiro Sasaki is known as "The Fang." But lately, both on the Safeco scoreboard and in a newspaper story, I saw that pitch referred to as "The Thang." Which is it?

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AG: Kazu's splitter was nicknamed "The Fang" by broadcaster Dave Niehaus during spring training last year. He gave it that nickname because of the grip used to throw it, with fingers split, and pointed downward in a fang-like fashion. But the pitch has increasingly come to be known as "The Thang," in part because many listeners have misunderstood broadcasters, especially the hyperkinetic Rick Rizzs. "The Fang" sounds like a pitch only to be used on Halloween.

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Can you carry the bat to first base? ›

Marazzi has consulted for MLB and about half its teams on the rulebook, which he might know better than anyone alive. He confirmed what we already knew: “There is no rule that prohibits a batter from carrying his bat around the bases.

Is it illegal to carry a bat around? ›

no. It's not illegal to own or possess a baseball bat, obviously.

What is the illegal bat rule in MLB? ›

Rule 6.06(d) A batter is out for illegal action when - (d) The batter enters the batter's box with one or both feet entirely on the ground with an illegal bat (see bat specifications rule 1.10) or is discovered having used an illegal bat prior to the next player entering the batter's box.

What is Rule 6.03 A )( 3? ›

Rules 6.03(a )(3) and (4) Comment: If the batter interferes with the catcher, the plate umpire shall call “interference.” The batter is out and the ball dead.

Who gets first at bat in baseball? ›

The away team always bats first in baseball. The home team can bat first in baseball if the officials designated the away team as the home squad. The leadoff hitter bats first in a baseball game. The home team has the last ups in baseball unless they are winning and don't need to take their final at-bats of the game.

What makes a bat illegal? ›

Bats that are broken, altered or that deface the ball are illegal. Materials inside the bat or treatments/devices used to alter the bat specifications and/or enhance performance (e.g., shaving, rolling or artificially warming the bat barrel) are prohibited and render the bat illegal.

Can you hold a wild bat? ›

About Bats

Caution: Never touch a bat with your bare hands. Bats are wild animals and should be treated with great care. Never attempt to feed, treat, or wash an injured bat.

Is a bat considered a weapon? ›

Under California law, a deadly weapon is any object or weapon inherently deadly or used in manner that is capable of causing or likely to cause great bodily injury or death. This could include a baseball bat, knife, brass knuckles, unloaded firearm used as a club, vehicle, bottle, blunt object, among other items.

What does illegal bat mean? ›

An illegal bat is defined as when any player bats or punches a loose ball in the field of play. This can occur anywhere on the field, including the endzones. Batted balls mostly occur during fumbles. Teams who are trying to recover the ball may miss the ball and then not gain possession.

What happens if you use an illegal bat? ›

A batter who enters the box with an illegal bat or is discovered having used an illegal bat with the infraction being detected by the umpire or the defense prior to the next pitch is out. The ball is immediately dead and all runners return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch.

How do you know if a bat is illegal? ›

It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

What does Rule 5 mean? ›

Definition. Held each December, the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. Clubs draft in reverse order of the standings from the previous season.

What is the over a third rule? ›

Over a third

The ball cannot be thrown over a complete third of the court without being touched or caught by a player (i.e. it cannot cross two transverse lines). A free pass shall be taken from the area where the ball crossed the second transverse line (i.e. where the ball should not have been).

Does putting a sock on a bat work? ›

No, don't put a sock on the bat. It could come off. But the main thing is, you are not swinging hard enough if someone can catch it.

How do you get a bat to leave? ›

Encourage an Exit

Provide an escape route, and it will likely take it. Open any windows or doors leading outside as wide as possible. Turn off any outside lights near the exits. Dimming the lights inside can calm the bat down as well, but don't turn them off if it will cause you to lose sight of the bat.

Is it better to bat right or left? ›

For ages, it's been a well-known fact that lefties do better in baseball. Left-handed hitters are more valuable than their right-handed counterparts at the plate.

Has anyone hit a home run on first at bat? ›

133 players have hit a home run in their first at bat of a Major League Baseball (MLB) game to date, the most recent being Josh Jung of the Texas Rangers on September 9, 2022. George Tebeau and Mike Griffin both hit home runs in their first at bats on April 16, 1887.

What does it mean if you bat first? ›

The first player in the batting order is known as the leadoff hitter. The leadoff batter is traditionally an individual with a high on-base percentage, plate discipline, bat control, good speed, and the ability to steal bases.

Who bats left but throws right? ›

Hall-of-Fame players with this skill set include Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra and Wade Boggs, Mann said. Mann, an assistant professor of sports medicine with Vrije University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and his colleagues published their findings in the Oct.

Is it illegal to own a bat in the US? ›

Certain animals, such as bats, insects, and snails, are known to carry zoonotic diseases. Importing such animals for any reason requires permits from CDC and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Because bats can be infected with and transmit rabies, permits are not granted for importing bats as pets.

Can I shoot a bat in my house? ›

It is illegal to kill a bat but some exceptions exist that allow for humane euthanization when necessary for human safety reasons. This might include eliminating them because they are infected with rabies or have injured people or pets.

Is touching bats illegal? ›


It is illegal to kill, or even disturb, bats in their roost. Bats can only be handled by those with a license to do so.

What to do if a bat touches you? ›

What should I do if I encounter a bat?
  1. If you know you've been bitten or scratched by a bat — or if infectious material (such as saliva or brain material) from a bat gets into your eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound — wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. ...
  2. If you are outdoors:

What happens if a wild bat touches you? ›

Anyone who touched or had contact with the bat or its saliva could be at risk of getting rabies, which is almost always fatal once symptoms begin. Fortunately, rabies can be prevented if treatment is given before symptoms appear, so quickly identifying anyone who has had contact is important.

What happens if a bat touches your hair? ›

Bats will fly into your hair and get stuck: False

In reality, bats are not interested in flying into your hair. They may fly close to you in search of insects but their amazing use of echolocation will prevent them from landing on you.

Why is a bat a bone? ›

Players back in the day used a large dried out bone to compress their bats, hence the phrase “boning” their bats. When a player uses a bat that is denser it will last longer (it won't splinter or flake as quickly) and it will be a harder piece of wood making the ball come off the bat at a higher speed.

Can you use a bat in self defense? ›

Outside of the obvious, which is the intruder possibly carrying a gun, the use of a bat for home defense makes good sense. Bats are otherwise harmless until purposely drilled into the side of someone's skull or back.

Can a bat hit you? ›

Healthy bats aren't likely to attack humans as long as you don't corner or harass them, but rabid animals are unpredictable and there is no way to tell if they may be rabid.

What does bat mean in slang? ›

adjective Slang. insane; crazy: He's gone bats.

What does old bat mean in slang? ›

/ˌəʊld ˈbæt/ (British English, informal, offensive) ​an offensive word for an old person who you think is silly or annoying.

What does a bat mean in drugs? ›

Definition: The most appropriate or best available treatment based on current scientific evidence.

Why are bats protected by law? ›

Bats are of major environmental significance due to being important indicators of how well an ecosystem is doing. They are warm-blooded, suckle their young, and only have one pup a year, which means the population growth can decline dramatically if weather is particularly harsh and the pups are not able to survive.

Can you break a bat in? ›

As you may know, composite baseball and softball bats require a “break-in” period to reach their optimum in-game performance level. Unlike alloy bats that are ready to use straight out of the wrapper, composite bats need a little warming up.

Is it illegal to hold a baseball bat? ›

Definitely not illegal to keep a baseball bat for the purposes of defending yourself. See the CPS website if you are in doubt - carrying an offensive weapon is only an offensive in a public place. I do know that my main defence against someone breaking in isn't allowed a prolonged attack.

What is a USA approved bat? ›

USA Baseball approved bats (USABats) are certified with barrel diameters of 2-5/8″ and less. Approved bats feature a variety of barrel diameters including 2-5/8″, 2-1/2″, 2-3/8″, 2-1/4″ and 2″.

Do bats lose their pop? ›

Unfortunately, all bats have a limited life, and at some point, your bat will lose its pop. It's important to know when this has happened, or better yet, as it's happening, so you can make plans to replace it.

What does rule 43 mean in slang? ›

Rule 41: Everything is someone's sexual fetish. Rule 42: It is delicious cake. You must eat it. Rule 43: It is a delicious trap.

What is a rule 42? ›

If actions before the court involve a common question of law or fact, the court may: (A) join for hearing or trial any or all matters at issue in the actions; (B) consolidate the actions; or (C) issue any other orders to avoid unnecessary costs or delay.

What is a rule 37? ›

The purpose of Rule 37 is to establish and regulate a judicial case management system to apply at any stage after notice of intention to defend or oppose is filed.

What is the replaying rule? ›

Replayed ball

Specifically you can't: lose control of the ball and pick it up again if it has not been touched by another player. catch a rebound from a shot on goal if the ball has not touched the post or another player. toss the ball into the air and catch it again without it being touched by another player.

How long can you hold the ball for? ›

5 second rule

On an inbound pass, a player may only hold on the ball for a maximum of 5 seconds. In the game, if a player is closely guarded, they must start dribbling, passing the ball or attempting a shot within five seconds.

Which umpire blows the whistle for the next centre pass during a game? ›

Throughout a match both umpires immediately indicate the team to take a centre pass [hand signal 3]. The controlling umpire calls the centre pass.

How do you transport a bat? ›

Never handle a bat bare-handed! A shoebox, plastic food container or other small container lined with absorbent ravel-free material. Punch numerous small holes into the container for ventilation before containing the bat.

Can you bring your own bat to a batting cage? ›

Can I use my bat in a cage? You should not use your new bat in the batting cage. Batting cage balls are made of a more dense material than is used in a regulation baseball or softball and will cause denting. Bat failure due to use in a batting cage is very obvious and is not covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

Is it better to bat or field first? ›

Many follow the 'bat first' line come hell or high water. It is an attractive strategy in most circumstances. In declaration games it gives you control of the declaration and in limited over formats you are setting the target. Batting first trusts the batsmen to do their job and the bowlers to do theirs.

Can you pick up a bat? ›

Do not release a bat outside in daylight hours. The best way to pick up a bat is to scoop it up gently with a tea cloth or pair of gloves and place in a prepared shoe box (or equivalent). Remember to ensure that there are pin holes in the lid to allow air to get into the box.

Can I grab a bat with a glove? ›

Important: Never try to handle a bat with your bare hands. Wear thick work gloves—but not cotton, as most bats can easily bite through cotton. If gloves are not available, you can capture a bat in a rolled-up T-shirt or something of similar material.

What to do with a bat if you catch it? ›

If you are in your home: If you find a bat in your house, talk to a healthcare or public health professional and have the bat captured for possible rabies testing. Call animal control, wildlife conservation, or a public health agency for assistance.

Do you have to break in a bat? ›

As you may know, composite baseball and softball bats require a “break-in” period to reach their optimum in-game performance level. Unlike alloy bats that are ready to use straight out of the wrapper, composite bats need a little warming up.

Why does my hand hurt when I bat? ›

The reason bats sting is because the impact with the ball causes the bat to vibrate, and the vibrations in the handle can result in a painful sensation in the hands of the player holding the bat, especially in the top hand.

How far should you choke up on a bat? ›

The pitcher winds up and delivers the ball, and the batter swings, but too slowly. Strike one. “Choke up on that bat!” says the coach. Most players know that this means they should slide their hands up higher along the bat handle, leaving a gap between their grip and the bottom end of the bat.

How can I carry a cricket bat in USA? ›

How to carry a cricket bat on an international flight? Items such as cricket bats, golf clubs, dive knives, archery, hockey sticks, etc. cannot be transported as cabin luggage. You can take them with you in your checked baggage instead.

Can you hit batting cage balls with a wood bat? ›

Type of Ball:

Batting cages tend to purchase these balls because of their long-lasting nature in comparison to a real baseball, but they are ruthless when used with wood bats. JustBats recommends avoiding these rubber batting cage balls at all costs to prolong the life of your bat.

What makes a bat legal? ›

Solid, one piece wood bats are approved for use under USABat with or without the USA Baseball Certification Mark. Multi-piece and composite wood bats must feature the USA Baseball Certification Mark to be approved for play.

Where does the best hitter bat in a lineup? ›

While there is no universal rule for deciding on a batting order, teams tend to cluster their best hitters at the beginning of the order and leave the worst ones at the end.

What is the best spot to hit a baseball on a bat? ›

On average, the sweet spot occurs between 5 and 7 in (12.7 and 17.8 cm) from the barrel end of the bat. The sweet spot's location for maximizing how far the batted ball travels after being hit can be calculated scientifically. When a batter hits a ball, the bat will rebound from the force of the collision.


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