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DROPPED THIRD STRIKE RULE MYTH
The batter may attempt first base anytime prior to entering the dugout or a dead ball area.
The batter becomes a runner when the third strike is not caught. Therefore, if there are 2 outs and there is a runner at first, first and second, or bases loaded, the batter creates a force by becoming a runner. These runners are all forced to advance and an out may be obtained by making a play on any one of them. If the bases are loaded the catcher may step on home or throw to third, second or first.

Rule: 6.05(c), 6.09(b) Casebook interpretation

Submitted by: Jim Booth


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