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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 02:17pm
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Originally posted by SamNVa

If I notice a batter who is not setup in the box properly and the pitcher has not started his motion, I will loudly call TIME and instruct the batter to take a proper position. If you don't catch it in time and a pitch is delivered, there is no violation unless the batter contacts the ball with his foot on the ground completely OUTSIDE the box, in which case, he is out. Otherwise, it's basically a "Don't Do That" call.

To add a little bit to that, once told to get in the box, and the batter doesn't comply or starts jerking you around about it, call a strike (assuming the batter has consumed 10 seconds (New York seconds, that is).

It is the umpire's job to instruct the batter to prepare for the pitch, not to play games or coach them into position or suspend play until they get the idea.

The bat issue in softball is as much about liability, insurance and litigation as it is about competition, inflated egos and softball.
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