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Discussion: carrying bat to first base

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Dec. 15
gr8hit42

3 posts
is there a rule that states that - it is an out for a batter/runner to touch first base while still carrying a bat?
Dec. 15
garyheifner

651 posts
My understanding is that is not an out unless the 1st baseman is placed in danger of being hit by the bat. In that case, the ump has the option of calling him out.
Dec. 15
B.J.

1113 posts
No....as long as the batter/runner does not interfere with a fielder
Dec. 15
stattad
Men's 65
235 posts
I found this comment on another thread.

"You can carry it all the way around the bases, as long as you do not interfere with
a play. Just remember it's not a hockey stick......"
Dec. 15
Omar Khayyam

1357 posts
I had a player on my team with a habit of carrying his bat all the way running to first and then tossing it as he passed first. One game he must have gotten carried away since he carried his bat all the way to second on a double. There was a lot of grumbling (illegal…no, it's not…could hurt someone…might interfere with the ball thrown in from the outfield…etc.). When challenged, ump ruled him safe as no interference. Runner called time out and ran over to toss the bat to his dugout.
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